Recent scholarship on the historical Jesus has rightly focused upon how Jesus understood his own mission. But no scholarly effort to understand the mission of Jesus can rest content without exploring the historical possibility that Jesus envisioned his own death. In this careful and far-reaching study, Scot McKnight contends that Jesus did in fact anticipate his own death, that Jesus understood his death as an atoning sacrifice, and that his death as an atoning sacrifice stood at the heart of Jesus' own mission to protect his own followers from the judgment of God.
Scot McKnight (Ph.D. University Nottingham) is Profesor of New Testament at Northern Seminary and author or editor of twelve books, including The Historical Jesus (2005), Turning to Jesus (2002), and Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (1992).
Preface PART ONE: THE DEBATE 1 The Historical Jesus, the Death of Jesus, Historiography, and Theology 2 Jesus' Death in Scholarship 3 Re-enter Jesus' Death PART TWO: THE REALITY OF A PREMATURE DEATH 4 The Leading Foot in the Dance of Atonement 5 A Temporary Presence in God's Providence 6 Jesus and the Prophetic Fate PART THREE: A RANSOM FOR MANY 7 The Authenticity of the Ransom Saying Excursus: The Son of Man 8 Jesus and the Scripture Prophets 9 The Script for Jesus 10 Jesus and the Servant 11 The Passion Predictions PART FOUR: JESUS AND THE LAST SUPPER 12 Pesah in Jewish History 13 Pesah and the Last Supper 14 This Bread and This Cup 15 Jesus and the Covenant 16 "Poured Out" and Eschatology 17 Conclusions Excursus: Chasing Down Paul's Theological Ship Works Cited Scripture Index Author Index Subject Index