Transforming Atonement : A Political Theology of the Cross

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  • Copyright: 2009-05-01
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Jennings's truly fresh understanding for Christians of the meaning of Jesus' death specifically grounds the cross in the concrete political confrontation within which it occurred, relates the message about the cross to the practice of Jesus (thus keeping in relationship the gospels and the theology of Paul), and shows how the cross bears on overcoming of human division and sin, reconciliation to God, and new forms of social reality in the community of the crucified.

Author Biography

Theodore W. Jennings Jr. is Professor of Biblical and Constructive Theology, Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago. With interests ranging across Christian doctrine and biblical theology, his recent writings include Jacob's Wound: Homoerotic Narrative in the Literature of Ancient Israel; Reading Derrida, Thinking Paul; and The Insurrection of the Crucified.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Rethinking Atonementp. 1
Worn-out languagep. 2
The contemporary problematicp. 10
Outline of the projectp. 18
The Cross against the Principalities and Powers
Cross and Dominationp. 25
The historical reality of the crossp. 29
The execution of Jesusp. 31
The policy of Jesusp. 34
The provocation of Jesusp. 36
The cross against empire(Paul)p. 40
The cross of the disciplep. 43
(De)coding the cross (patristic perspectives)p. 50
The cross against the violence of domination todayp. 55
The Cross and Divisionp. 61
The practice of Jesusp. 65
Handed over to the gentilesp. 69
Gentile missionp. 71
Patristic perspectivesp. 74
Neither slave nor freep. 76
Neither male nor femalep. 79
The cross and division todayp. 80
Excursus: the election of Israelp. 83
The Cross and Accusationp. 85
The practice of Jesusp. 86
The condemnation of Jesusp. 96
Christ and sinners (Paul)p. 98
Welcome one another (Paul)p. 101
The cross against accusation todayp. 103
The Cross and Sufferingp. 105
Unjust sufferingp. 106
Unjust and "natural" sufferingp. 110
The ministry of Jesusp. 112
Healings and the crossp. 115
Martyrdom and mortalityp. 118
The bodies of women and slavesp. 120
Body and earthp. 120
The festival of life released from deathp. 122
Conclusionp. 123
Reconciliation with Godp. 125
Appeasing divine wrathp. 125
Who is reconciled?p. 127
Overcoming hanp. 131
Implications of the Cross
The Community of the Crucifiedp. 149
The centrality of the cross (1 Corinthians 1-3)p. 150
The question of Communionp. 159
Jesus and quarreling disciplesp. 163
Let love be genuine (Paul)p. 167
The embattled communityp. 170
Old community or new?p. 173
Dying with/in the Messiahp. 175
The way of the crossp. 178
Crucified to the fleshp. 180
The question of asceticismp. 190
The question of baptismp. 193
Conclusion: A life of vulnerability to the otherp. 195
The Cross of Godp. 199
The passion of God: historical perspectivesp. 201
Nineteenth-century reflectionsp. 205
Overcoming divine apathyp. 206
Toward a political theology of the crossp. 211
After Atonement?p. 217
Notesp. 231
Bibliographyp. 251
Indexp. 259
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