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Atonement
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1. OT and Judaism

1.1. Atonement is a central concept in biblical theology. Along with the traditional misunderstanding of appeasing an angry deity, the penal definition of making good an offense and the viewing of the cultus as a human work have impeded a more relevant approach. In the OT, atonement breaks the nexus of sin and its evil consequences by “channeling the baneful influence of the evil into an animal that died vicariously for the man (or for the cultic object). Expiation was thus not a penalt…

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Janowski, Bernd, Stuhlmacher, Peter and Gunton, Colin E., “Atonement”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 20 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_A681>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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