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Cross Vision

How the Crucifixion of Jesus Makes Sense of Old Testament Violence
Narrated by: Gregory A. Boyd
Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (141 ratings)
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Renowned pastor-theologian Gregory A. Boyd tackles the Bible's biggest dilemma.

The Old Testament God of wrath and violence versus the New Testament God of love and peace - it's a difference that has troubled Christians since the first century. Now, with the sensitivity of a pastor and the intellect of a theologian, Gregory A. Boyd proposes the "cruciform hermeneutic", a way to read the Old Testament portraits of God through the lens of Jesus' crucifixion.

In Cross Vision, Boyd follows up on his epic and groundbreaking study, The Crucifixion of the Warrior God. He shows how the death and resurrection of Jesus reframes the troubling violence of the Old Testament, how all of Scripture reveals God's self-sacrificial love, and, most importantly, how we can follow Jesus' example of peace.

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Faith changer!

When you’re 48 years old and been a Christian for over 30 years you think you’re pretty set on how you view Christ and your faith. Boyd’s book not only challenged some of my misconceptions about God, he blew them out of the water! (In a really good way!) My faith in Christ feels more solid and freeing than ever! I️ truly consider Boyd to be one of the most profound teaching Theologians of our century. Thank you Greg for all your time and research you have clearly invested in this book over the last 10 years! To Christ be the glory!

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God really is as good as Jesus shows us He is!

This book has helped me make sense of OT violence. I have always had a hard time reading the Old Testament in places where God seems so cruel and flies off of the handle, like a violent father who beats his kids. It's so relieving to know that God is not like that. Like a weight lifted from my shoulders. I never knew how to interpret the violent passages that seemed like God should not be like that. For a long time, I just thought I have to accept them and view God as having a brutal side to Him, which made Him seem unapproachable. The Father really is as good as Jesus shows us He is!

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just go ahead and toss the baby out with the bath

I really do like Gregory Boyd and much of his early stuff. Sadly he has become confused with some heretical theology and doesn't appear to be able to see past his own preconceptions. His approach of viewing Gods loving nature inadvertently leaves a toothless God with no room to punish sin and evil directly. Instead Boyd is left with wild unsubstantiated claim of God pulling back to allow earth and sea monsters and demons to punish the wicked so he can keep his hands clean (no really...I promise this is in the book).

Unless you are incredibly secure in your faith and theology I wouldnt give this book the opportunity to confuse you. if you choose to do so however, take it with a grain of salt and appreciate the helpful insight you may find dusted here or there.

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Must listen!

Great book! Really explains the loving kindness of God. Helps me formulate my explanation of God in the Old Testament for my unbelieving friends.

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Good but read too fast.

I had to buy a hard copy of the book. I really like the message but the reading was way too fast to be able to keep up. I found myself backing up the player numerous times.

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Great insight. Transformational. This is one of the most important subjects our world is wrestling with and this book does a great job bringing clarity.

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Thoughtful, Well Researched, Excellent

Any follower of Jesus that is thoughtful has pondered the dissonance between the revelation of Jesus and the Old Testament depictions of violence. Gregory Boyd offers a well thought out and researched solution to the dilemma. Certainly his conclusions are at odds with a "fundamentalist" approach to many accepted doctrines. However, if our claim to be teachable people means anything, we will listen prayerfully.

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  • 02-20-18

Concise version of Crucifiction of Warrior God

I read Greg Boyd's The Crucifiction of the Warrior God and I thoroughly enjoyed it. As long as it was, I didn't want it to end. In this book I found a re-iteration of the main themes from that title; and while I couldn't shake the feeling throughout that I had read this book before (I actually checked my library several times), I still enjoyed it.
It was also cool to hear the words in the author's own voice. One thing I didn't like though was that it felt rushed. I'm sure it's just the way he reads but I couldn't help feeling like he was speed-reading. It was not bad enough to be unintelligible but it did take away from the potency of the material I feel.
Also the practical aspects of his position, which is another reason I picked this book, was relegated to a short section at the end. Kind of expected more, but it make sense where the majority of the book is a lead up to it for someone completely unfamiliar with the concepts.
That said, it was a great book with a solid performance and sound concepts!

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  • 02-04-18

brilliant, erudite, challenging, and hope-filled

I loved this. While some of the ideas are challenging for me, there is enough information I am familiar with from my own studies that inspire me...believing that Boyd's thesis is worth serious consideration.

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A well researched and well written argument for a loving God of scripture

Greg Boyd writes well and put a lot of work into the two books that provide the research for this book. That being said, some books don’t read well but this one is easy to listen to and is worth listening to a few times.