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"It would be an understatement to say the descent of Christ is overlooked in the evangelical tradition. Emerson puts our eyes back on this important event and demonstrates how it is biblical, historical, and clarifies and informs other doctrines. Once you see the descent, it is hard to go back to neglecting it. This book shines a helpful light on this derelict doctrine. Tolle lege."-- Patrick Schreiner, assistant professor of New Testament language and literature, Western Seminary
"Matthew Emerson has ably recovered a theology of Holy Saturday, Christ's descent into the place of death, for churches that are normally suspicious about ancient creeds. He shows that it is biblical, theologically necessary, integral to the work of Christ, and even intrinsic to the very identity of the God we worship. A concise and convincing account of a contested topic."-- Michael F. Bird, academic dean and lecturer in theology at Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia
"A treasure trove of biblical and theological wisdom! Matthew Emerson has read everything on the subject. For Catholics, his correction of Balthasar needs to be listened to―especially given that, with Balthasar and the creedal tradition, he insists upon the profound importance of Christ's descent to the dead. This book is a word that needs saying in our death-despairing age."-- Matthew Levering, James N. and Mary D. Perry Jr. Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary
"Emerson's book retrieves a seriously neglected yet helpful doctrine―Christ's descent to the dead―with exegetical insight, theological acumen, and a pastoral heart. I highly recommend it."-- Walter R. Strickland II, associate vice president for Kingdom Diversity Initiatives and assistant professor, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
"I can't recall the last time I read a new book that gave me so much insight into an event from the mission of Jesus Christ. In this retrieval of the doctrine of Christ's descent to the dead, Emerson clears away misconceptions, corrects erroneous interpretations, establishes solid foundations, and explores the vast implications of this single line of the classic creed. This book deserves a wide readership but will be especially helpful for evangelicals who have mumbled their way through, or have misunderstood, the creedal descent clause."-- Fred Sanders, professor at the Torrey Honors Institute, Biola University
"Matthew Emerson has given us here a major study of the historic, but too often distorted and neglected, doctrine of the descent of Jesus Christ to the dead. In doing so, he demonstrates the coinherence of biblical and historical theology and their relevance for the Christian life."-- Timothy George, founding dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University and general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture
"This is a tour de force! Emerson has given us a superbly written, incisively argued volume that makes the case for a doctrine that is often neglected or rejected outright by Protestants, illuminating many facets of its theological, liturgical, and pastoral importance along the way. Not everyone will agree with all the details, but this is an outstanding biblical, historical, and theological survey of Christ's descent to the dead. I expect it to become the benchmark Protestant account of the subject for years to come, and it also opens up rich and fruitful avenues for further exploration."-- Suzanne McDonald, professor of systematic and historical theology at Western Theological Seminary --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Matthew Y. Emerson (PhD, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate professor of religion at Oklahoma Baptist University. He is the author of The Story of Scripture: An Introduction to Biblical Theology, Between the Cross and the Throne: The Book of Revelation, and Christ and the New Creation: A Canonical Approach to the Theology of the New Testament.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- Publisher : IVP Academic; Illustrated edition (December 24, 2019)
- Publication date : December 24, 2019
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Also, I find the "compartmentalization" concept of the realm of the dead to be completely unconvincing when weighed against both Scripture and reason. The author did well to present a defense for this doctrine based on Scripture, but I am not persuaded. And frankly, I think too much Greek mythology is dragged into the topic. I don't know how you can claim to be sola scriptura and make arguments that rely on cross-cultural concepts of the underworld. Emerson tried, and he tried to stay sola scriptura int he process, but I don't feel like he succeeded. Honestly, this is a topic which I think all Christians would do well to stay humble before the text and merely admit, "I don't know."
Lastly, I am not sure why people are so vehemently opposed to the concept of Christ suffering in hell/hades. On what theological or doctrinal principle do they reject that which such animosity. As far as I can tell, they just don't like the idea of it. Reasoning against it because Christ said "it is finished" while he is still on the cross is valid exegesis, but people seem to be militantly opposed to the idea on an emotional level. And I don't understand that. Christ suffered flogging and crucifixion and orthodox believers don't rebel against that. But the idea that he would suffer in hades causes them to lose their lunch. But now I'm ranting....
I do not personally know Matthew, but I want to thank him for this book. I needed to read this and I think there are probably many pastors and church leaders in evangelical churches that need to work through this book.
I, like many pastors, was trained using Wayne Grudem’s widely used and influential “Systematic Theology.” I distinctly remember going through Grudem’s arguments as to why the phrase “He descended into the dead” should not be in the Apostle’s Creed. For the past 15 years that has been my default position and explanation. Matthew Emerson has helped me seriously question the arguments and explanations given by Grudem. If for no other reason, I would recommend this book just to encourage other brothers and sisters who have been thinking the same way about this doctrine of Christ’s decent.
Furthermore, I needed this book because I am working on PhD and studying the ascent of Jesus. This book was full of footnotes of gold for my studies. So again, thank you Matthew!
I needed this book because my studies on the ascension have caused me to wrestle with a lot of questions about the afterlife, the intermediate state, what it means to be human, and a host of other things. It felt like each of the chapters of this book started scratching exactly where I have been itching.
My guess is that even if you have not been theologically “itching” in the same places I have been, you will still really be helped by the excellent scholarly work done in this book. I would give it 5 stars but I am still undecided on a few of the conclusions that Emerson proposes here. There were also a few times that I wanted a little bit more on some of the arguments.
My hope is that many evangelicals will read this book and at the bare minimum they will want to recite the Apostle’s Creed in their personal devotions, their corporate worship, and use it as a tool for discipleship. I think we evangelicals can elevate our view of tradition and still maintain a superior view of Holy Scripture.