The Cross from a Distance: Atonement in Mark’s Gospel – Peter G. Bolt (Paperback)
‘They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha … And they crucified him … Some women were watching from a distance’ (Mark 15:22, 24, 40).
At the climax of Mark’s Gospel, Jesus of Nazareth is put to death on a Roman cross. The text tells us that, in that lonely hour, a group of women were watching the crucifixion ‘from a distance’. In a sense, they are given a stance towards the cross that we can share. It is an event that occurred so long ago, in a world that in many ways seems so foreign to our own.
In this exploration of Mark’s Gospel, Peter Bolt looks at why the cross is so prominent in the narrative; asks what contribution Mark’s teaching can make to our understanding of the atonement; and shows how this teaching can inform, correct and enrich our own preaching of the gospel in the contemporary world. He helps us to stand in wonder before the God who has come close to us in the cross of Jesus Christ, and to live in hope of the better things to come.
‘In this study of the Gospel of Mark, Dr Peter Bolt is an enormously engaging and informed guide. Section after section of the Gospel comes into sharper focus, as more and more of Mark is read in the light of the movement and direction of its thought. Interwoven with the exegesis is a great deal of useful interaction with a wide range of well-chosen literature, and incisive meditation on what this cross-saturated text says to us today. Dr Bolt combines careful reading and profound theological synthesis… The result is a book that will stimulate and edify any serious Christian reader.’ – D. A. Carson
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