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The Mediation of Christ Paperback – Jan 1992

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  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Helmers & Howard Publishers; New edition (Jan 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0939443503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0939443505
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,037,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
dispensed with too much history 26 July 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In this book, Torrance presents several themes related to Christ, with a focus on Christ as Mediator. He has "dispensed with references and historical notes" in hope of adressing a wider group of readers. I feel he has dispensed a bit too much in places, and oversimplified in others. On page 12, Torrance states the root cause of anti-Semitism is; "the conflict between God and man throughout Israel's existence, which contributed to its strangeness, mirrors the conflict between God and ourselves, which we resent, and while our real quarrel is with the searching light of divine revelation reflected by Israel, it is against Israel itself that we vent our resentment." This is an interesting point, but to claim it is the root of anti-Semitism is an oversimplification. How can one explain anti-Semitism in marginal believers, agnostics, and atheist? I don't resent Israel for any conflict I might have with God. Although I somewhat agree that "whenever anti-Semitism arises it is a clear sign that people are engaged in conflict with God and with the same kind of conflict that left its mark upon Israel."

I believe first century messianic expectations are over simplified in this book. On p. 76, Torrance writes; A messianic role was evidently envisioned for the servant in which mediator and sacrifice, priest and victim were combined in a form that was at once representative and substitutionary, corporate and individual, in its fulfillment. . . . Thus the servant of the Lord and the Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, were brought together in his prophetic utterance, and yet held apart but only by a hairs breadth, so to speak. . . but second Isaiah . . . could only hold them closely together without actually identifying them" What of other messianic texts, particular from the inter-testimonial period? Texts such as 4Q541 and in the Babylonian Talmud (Sukkah 52, Zech. 12:10) and elsewhere, seem to imply a combination of messianic expectations, with roots in the Isaiah servant songs, could have existed. Not all groups had the same messiah in mind. I feel first century Judaism is oversimplifed here.

In any case, I still liked this book, and recommend it.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A key text for understanding Christ as Mediator. 7 May 1999
By R. Leach - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A great short work on Christ as Mediator. Torrance, professor emeritus from U. of Edinburgh, summarizes the positions of Athanasius, Calvin and Barth on Christ as the only bridge between God and Man because he is both God and Man. Well worth a night or afternoon to sit and read through this exposition into the nature of the homoousin.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Magnificent Vision of Christ 26 Feb 2014
By Stephen Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a perfect introduction into the works of Torrance and of his Christology. He masterfully guides you through the work of Christ in reconciliation, revelation, mediation, and atonement. This book is dense, and so it isn't for the faint of heart. But if you have the patience for it, then I promise it will be worth while. It's quickly become a book I reach for over and over again to chew on some great truths.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great book for research and understanding 15 Jun 2013
By Cynthia Quarles - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is great as one of many in researching the subject. It is, however, very "intellectual", may require a dictionary to help understand some of the thoughts, and is not one to be read in bits. Needs to be read in one span of time.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Kruger mentioned him so I bought the book... 23 Nov 2008
By Joseph Arechiga - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm a big Baxter Kruger fan and he mentioned this guy being his "mentor" so I thought I thought I'd read the book.

Elegant and spiritual look at the Man/God's role in bringing humanity back into communion in love.

Cut's through so much religious mumbo jumbo being taught as "Good News" in churches today.

I could see why Kruger looked up to this guy so much.

He's got some high powered spiritual scripture readin' goggles!

Great book but not a light read. Very spiritually meaty (pardon the pun)!

Take your time reading this one and savor every word.
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