The past couple of weeks we've had some great books come in. January will be a busy month for reading. This newest contribution to the New Studies in Biblical Theology looks very interesting. God the Peacemaker: How Atonement Brings Shalom comes to us from Graham Cole.
In the series preface D. A. Carson writes "Even to begin to do justice to this theme one must attempt at least five things: (1) The way the theme of sacrifice and atonement develops in the Bible's storyline must be laid out. (2) Equally, the way this theme is intertwined with related themes (the holiness of God, the nature of sin, what salvation consists of, the promise of what is to come, and much more) must be delineated, along with (3) more probing reflection on a selection of crucial passages. These first three items belong rather tightly to biblical theology. Of course, (4) how these themes have been handled in the history of the church's theology must not be ignored. (5) Equally, if the volume is to speak to our generation, it must engage some of the more important current discussion. Dr. Graham Cole is well qualified to address all five of these dimensions." (12)
I look forward to reading this not only because the topic is a timely one but the series has consistently provided some of the finest scholarship on the issues addressed.
It comes from IVP Academic and is a paperback with 296 pages. It sells for $26.00.