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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Feb. 1999
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This is one of the best studies of the cross in the twentieth century. It is not a comprehensive theological study of the cross. Instead, Morris focuses on words such as redemption, propitiation, and reconciliation. Like most academic books, it is difficult to read and tedious at times. It presupposes a working knowledge of Hebrew and Greek. But working through this book will greatly enrich your understanding of the cross. The sections on propitiation are worth the price of the book. These sections are the definitive conservative critique of C. H. Dodd's position that hilaskomai referred only to expiation
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I'm sure Leon Morris has written books that are easier to understand, but this is not one of them. I have read a fair bit of this for the module I was doing on Pauline theology with the finest of all theological colleges WEST. I have reviewed one of the other core texts I had to read on Amazon already and this is only marginally easier to understand than that. I have used a few Leon Morris's commentaries in the past and are generally found them much easier to read. I understand the theological jargon but it does make hard work of the study. Not as bad as some, but not particularly easy either. No doubt there are people out there who get much out of it, but I found it hard work. I still believe that good theology does not have to be complicated and can be laid out in a plain and easy to read and understand manner!
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Definitive linguistic study of the cross 27 Feb. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the best studies of the cross in the twentieth century. It is not a comprehensive theological study of the cross. Instead, Morris focuses on words such as redemption, propitiation, and reconciliation. Like most academic books, it is difficult to read and tedious at times. It presupposes a working knowledge of Hebrew and Greek. But working through this book will greatly enrich your understanding of the cross. The sections on propitiation are worth the price of the book. These sections are the definitive conservative critique of C. H. Dodd's position that hilaskomai referred only to expiation
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Hermeneutics Of The Cross Defended 28 Sept. 2007
By Jacques Schoeman - Published on Amazon.com
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Leon Morris delivers a theological robust rebuttal of CH Dodd's explanation, and the modernist view of Christ's sacrifice being too bloody for a just God. The word "hilaiskos" is hermeneutically proven to mean "propitiation" and not just "expiation". Sadly many Bible versions persist in opting in favor of translating the word as "expiation" which fails to assert that God's wrath was appeased. There is correspondingly a lesser need for repentance.

Luther's Nr 1 thesis of the 95 nailed to the Wittenburg Church door, was:

'That the life of the faithful should be one of perpetual repentance.'

This was obviously, at that time, intended to counter the repentance brought through mass, confession to a priest and other means invented by Catholicism. Today, the need for repentance is once again being downplayed by those wishing to describe God as so 'loving'.

'Wrath has occupied such an important place in the argument leading up to this section (Romans 3:21-31) that we are justified in looking for some expression indicative of its cancellation in the process which brings about salvation.' p 169

The word-study of the major words in soteriology is exegesis of the highest biblical standard.

'It was inevitable that the wrath of God should be the divine reaction to sin.' p 253
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Great reference for sermon preparation or academic study 15 Aug. 2011
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The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross is not so much a book as it is a collection of word studies. Each chapter (or, at times, two-chapter unit) provides an in-depth study of a Greek word used by the New Testament writers to describe what happened on/because of the Cross. Morris digs into the historical and literary context of the word as it is used in the NT and beyond, and he even brings in the relevant LXX and Hebrew Old Testament words and passages.

Overall, this is a great resource to use when studying the subject of the Cross (not to mention a great example of how a word study is done). Morris provides what I would consider to be a definitive work. My only criticism of the author is his propensity to go too deep, providing some details that I am not sure anyone would ever need to know! Otherwise, this is a great reference for sermon preparation or academic study.
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Apostolic Preaching of the Cross 1 Sept. 2011
By Lou Heron - Published on Amazon.com
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Apostolic Preaching of the Cross is a demanding book, but if the demands can be met by the reader, this is an outstanding and exhaustive treatment of a narrow and crucial issue, "What did Jesus actually do for us, and how?" The demands are, first, that the reader approach the study with an hermeneutics of faith, meaning a belief that something special was done by someone special and that someone and something are revealed in Scripture. Second, some knowledge of Greek is necessary, probably the more the better, but at least a rudimentary understanding of how the language works. Third, a general comprehension of what the Scriptures have to say, how they say it, and how the languages of Scripture relate to one another is needed to keep from being overwhelmed by the quotes.

If one cannot meet at least a couple of these, it would be better for now to read something less academic but just as useful. In short, I give Leon Morris five stars, but this ranking is conditional on it being the correct choice for a particular reader. As the Brits like to say, "Different horses for different courses."

I must reluctantly add, however, that the Greek font used in the Kindle edition is bizarre and irritating, sometimes truly obnoxious. Apostolic Preaching of the Cross
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Every Pastor Must Study This Over And Over Again 11 Oct. 2013
By Bill Giovannetti - Published on Amazon.com
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I wish Leon Morris's Apostolic Preaching of the Cross were required study for every seminary student in the English speaking world. It is that detailed, that definitive, and that important. The seven themes discussed here form the scaffolding for a full-orbed biblical theology. The book returns to the Ground Zero of the Christian faith and makes lays out a comprehensive view of what the first generation of Christ-followers believed. Books of this importance are rare. I have read and re-read mine a dozen times.

I should point out that a companion volume by the same author, The Atonement, is basically a rewrite of this book in simpler language, written for lay-people without knowledge of Hebrew and Greek.
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