This volume examines the death of Jesus as a source of NT theodicy thinking (1) by exploring its multivalent relevance and (2) by supplementing what is lacking in biblical exegetical scholarship on the topic. In ch. 1 (pp. 1–16), Holmén introduces his exegetical approach, reviews the modern philosophic-theological research, and surveys the central interpretation of the death of Jesus in the NT. He categorizes the various themes relating to the death of the Jesus in three divisions—“Soteriology,” “Identification,” and “Social Function” (pp. 13–15).

The core content of the book focuses on the theodicean concepts prior to the cross in order to lay a foundation to bring to light the thinking of the early followers of Jesus, particularly the theological conflict that they wrestled with in relation to Christ’s suffering. In ch. 2 (pp. 17–55), Holmén investigates Greco-Roman and OT Jewish concepts concerning theodicy, establishing a repertoire of motives. More specifically,...

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