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  • Paperback: 219 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (April 6, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877848262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877848264
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #666,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is well written.
Douglas Tanner
The Atonement is on a very short list of basic theology books I'd recommend to any believer.
Rebecca Stark
Give it to him as a gift and some of it will certainly end up in his sermons.
Douglas VanderMeulen

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By E. Johnson on December 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
There are some books that do such a wonderful job covering a single biblical concept that you wonder, why would anyone else want to write on the topic? I believe Bible scholar Leon Morris has accomplished such a fete with his book on atonement. Although not a skim-through kind of book that might appeal to all Christian laypeople, it is not difficult to read this book word by word and come away with a far greater appreciation of how God worked in both the Old and New Testaments when it comes to the atonement of God. (Trust me, he could have been much more technical and have lost many average readers, but thankfully he doesn't.) He fully describes the words associated with the atonement, including Passover, redemption, reconciliation, and justification. Salvation is such a rich idea, it's a shame many Christians go through life not fully understanding the gift that they've been given.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Douglas VanderMeulen on September 22, 2004
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The Atonement - Its meaning and significance is one of the best books ever written on this subject. Much more readable then his work The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross which covers the same material in a much more scholarly manner, this work will open up for you the treasures of the cross of Christ. There is nothing more central to Christianity than the death of Christ - what does it mean. His chapters deal with - covenant, sacrifice, the day of atonement, the passover, redemption, reconciliation, propitiation, and justification. These are Biblical themes that are just not taught on in today's seeker friendly churches - to the hurt of all who truly believe on Christ. Though readable, this work is not short on material. Great work for a Bible class, Bible study, Sunday school class or home Bible study. Also a great gift for your pastor if he doesn't already have this book. Give it to him as a gift and some of it will certainly end up in his sermons. If you are looking for additional material on this subject see John Murray's Redemption Accomplished and Applied. Together these two works rock and will give the reader significant understanding of these vital Christian doctrines. Enjoy!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Stark on November 26, 2007
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Leon Morris was an Australian New Testament scholar and author most noted for The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross, his scholarly work examining the biblical words related to the cross of Christ and defending the historical doctrine of the atonement from the testimony of Scripture. It is considered by many to be a classic, but it's also a technical book, written by a scholar for other scholars, and not accessible to the layperson.

The Atonement was put together from the material in The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross, but presented in a simpler, less technical form. We might think of it as the average Christian's version of Apostolic Preaching. It's a biblical study of the terms associated with the atonement--"the great words," to quote the introduction, "used to bring out the meaning of the cross."

Morris shows us the multi-faceted nature of the cross work of Christ as described through biblical words--justification, sacrifice, propitiation, redemption, and reconciliation, to list a few. Christ's death can be viewed through many lenses: as payment in exchange for freedom (redemption), as the turning of enemies into friends (reconciliation), or the turning away of wrath (propitiation), and more. Each perspective on this gracious act at the center of Christianity adds to our understanding of its significance.

What's more, even though it was written in the 1980s, drawing from research done in the 1950s, many of the arguments in The Atonement, especially those found in the chapter on propitiation, are applicable to current debates about the nature of the atonement.

The Atonement is on a very short list of basic theology books I'd recommend to any believer. It's of classic quality, but not difficult to read--and short enough for those who do a page count first and eliminate anything over 200 pages. And what's more important than understanding what Christ accomplished for us on the cross?
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By Carol on June 24, 2014
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The doctrines stated in this book are solid as a rock. The only problem with reading it is that the author seems to restate the same thim
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By Douglas Tanner on June 18, 2014
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Excellent book! The author was truly a man of God and his book is excellent and spot on! This is well written.
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