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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: ivp; First edition (21 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783591013
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783591015
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 2.1 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 291,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Donald Macleod has written a welcome and convincing apologetic of the cross of Christ. He skilfully blends biblical exegesis and engagement with systematic theologians to produce a robust defence of the classic evangelical view of penal substitution which anticipates objections, places it in a wide framework, and implicitly rebukes sloppy thinking. His clear style makes this book not only a 'must read' on this topic but a joy to read and an educative treat --Derek Tidball, Visiting Scholar, Spurgeon's College, London; author of 'The Message of the Cross'

Those who have heard Donald Macleod preach or who have read his writings will know that the crucified Christ is, of all theological topics, his forte. He has both dazzling insight matched by a way with words which together serve to bring out aspects of the person and work of Christ with memorable beauty. Thus, it is a pleasure to be able to commend this book. If you are familiar with Donald's work, you know what to expect and know that you will be challenged and edified. If you have never read him before, you are in for a treat. --Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, USA

Donald Macleod's work is always stimulating, sometimes provocative, and never less than excellent. This is a contribution to thought on the atonement that is both timely and incisive. It should be required reading for students, theologians, ministers and anyone interested in learning more about the stupendous atoning work of Christ. --Robert Letham, Director of Research and Senior Lecturer in Systematic and Historical Theology, Wales Evangelical School of Theology, Bridgend; author of 'The Work of Christ'

About the Author

Now retired, Donald Macleod served as Professor of Systematic Theology at Free Church College, Edinburgh, from 1978 to 2011. He also served as Principal from 1999 to 2010. One of Britain's most prominent theologians, he has written extensively on a wide range of issues. His books include 'Behold Your God', 'A Faith to Live By', 'From Glory to Golgotha', 'Jesus Is Lord' and 'The Person of Christ'. He is well known as a previous editor of the Free Church of Scotland's official magazine, 'The Monthly Record', and as a columnist in the 'West Highland Free Press'.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Mitchell on 2 April 2014
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One constantly pauses, in the study of this great book, to wonder at the brilliance of the author - his intellect, his magisterial English, his fidelity to Scripture, his mastery of a vast preceding literature, - and yet, much more important, to bow in engulfing awe and worship, as a believer, before the vast and unconscionable profundities of the Passion event itself. If one were, by some malign agency, to be condemned to the fabled 'desert island' with a Bible and only 2 other books, then I would unhesitatingly nominate, as indispensable rock-foundations of one's faith, that wonderful work by Clark Pinnock "The Scripture Principle," 2nd edition, 2006, and this overwhelmingly magnificent volume by Professor Donald Macleod, released just prior to Easter, 2014.
That said, it is a matter of slight regret that in the treatment of Latin and Greek terms (but not Hebrew), occasional inaccuracies have crept in. Superior proof-reading would have eliminated these, to the book's benefit. I cite :-
CRUXIFRAGIUM (for CRURI-), P. 54; TYEIN (for THY-), P. 68; KATALLASSE (for KATALLAGE), P. 110); EXIL- 3 times on Pp. 145-6 (for EXHIL-); HILASOMAI (for HILASKOMAI), P. 146; DIALASSOMAI (for DIALLA-), P.151; SALUTIFERIA (for SALUTIFERA), P. 189; TETELESTATI (for TETELESTAI), P.199; and PERIPOIESATO (for PERIEPOIESATO), P. 226. There is also the puzzling derivation of the English word ANOMALY from the Greek ANOMIA. This misjudgment appeared some years ago in Prof. Macleod's impressive published lectures entitled "A Faith To Live By." He calls sin the ultimate 'anomaly' of the universe, connecting the word with the Greek term meaning lawlessness. But this Greek word (ANOMIA) produces ANOMY, not ANOMALY.
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We can never think too frequently on the gift of our salvation and the sacrifice Jesus undertook to accomplish it. I suspect this is why Donald Macleod offers no justification for the existence of Christ Crucified, despite it being perhaps “yet another” book on the topic. We need to constantly meditate on Jesus and His work, and a reminder to do so is not unwelcome. However, why not just pick up an old classic book on the cross? Is Macleod offering something unique in Christ Crucified?

Christ Crucified is split into two larger sections. The first, consisting of three chapters, traces the Gospel narratives of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. The second, in eight chapters, considers “words” that interpret the work of the cross: substitution, expiation, propitiation, reconciliation, satisfaction, redemption and victory.

The latter section may sound familiar to anyone who has read books such as Stott’s The Cross of Christ, Morris’ The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross, Murray’s Redemption Accomplished and Applied, and more recently, Peterson’s Salvation Accomplished by the Son. Being a fan of these books and teaching a class on the subject at CCBCY, my first question was, “how is Christ Crucified any different?”.
First, except for Peterson, these other works don’t offer a sustained treatment of Jesus’ life; they largely focus on word studies (Morris) or theological reflection (Stott and Murray). However, Christ Crucified contains a fresh retelling that culminates on a sustained discussion of the Passion accounts. Much of this material is beautifully written; consider the following as an illustration:

“He has drunk the cup and paid in full the ransom needed to redeem his people. He can say what the high priest of Judaism could never say, ‘It’s done! Finished!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. J. Plant on 9 July 2014
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Donald Macleod is a gifted writer who does not disappoint in this book. He is wideranging in his approach and not afraid to tread on the toes of friend and foe alike. Very valuable as a survey of this vital topic.
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