Cross Vision

How the Crucifixion of Jesus Makes Sense of Old Testament Violence
Narrated by: Gregory A. Boyd
Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2017 Fortress Press (P)2017 Fortress Press

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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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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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Great content, basic performance

This is a recording of the author reading the book, so please do not expect a fanciful performance. I also had to play the book at .90 speed in order to follow the arguments well without reference to a print copy. The content, however, is quite engaging as Boyd offers a unique approach to violence in the Old Testament. While I am still digesting the nuances of the argument, this is a worthy dialogue partner to other sources as Boyd takes seriously the violence described (and alluded to) in the texts. He also strives to develop a framework that accepts these texts within their scriptural context yet affirms the issues which it presents for believers who sense a discontinuity with the teachings of Jesus.

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Interesting, but not quite convincing

His argument structure doesn't seem very clean or clear. I think there's plenty of holes and false assumptions in his arguments. But, I'll keep his arguments in mind at least as a possibility. In order to accept his conclusions, one would have to go through many far fetched acrobatic arguments to get there, and I think that diminishes how likely it is that he's correct.

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Wow Very Thought Provoking

I had a friend recommend this book and I was not expecting such a thorough and honest explanation and review. Greg brought up many things and points that I have not heard and that I am not familiar with. I will have to continue to pray and study on this issue but I really like the way Greg paints God in his book. His explanation truly does seem to reconcile the nature and person of Jesus that I love with the highly violent nature of God in parts of the Old Testament.

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Excellent Book / Excellent Reading

Greg Boyd has had a major influence on my spiritual walk and the way in which I view God. I predict that this book and its sister book, Crucifixion of the Warrior God, will one day be considered classics and widely regarded as the norm in the ways in which followers of Jesus engage with these challenging passages of scripture. Also, on a side note, I am glad that the author also narrated his book, allowing the audience to experience his personality as he engages with the questions presented in his book. Please have Greg Boyd narrate more of his books on here.

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That the Scales May fall

My friends this is why Paul had to go to Arabia for three years because he realized he got God wrong!!! This is the good news Paul realized, God The Father was so much better than he ever thought! Greg does a great job in reorienting our view of the OT through the real Word, Jesus Christ. As Jesus said, “no one knows the Father but me” and he really meant it. They all got God wrong hence the good news! Jesus was not an add on to the OT but a whole new game all together! Greg does an amazing job at showing that our Father loves us so much that he is willing to pull us out of our worldly cycles such as Roman Crucifixion, and tribal warfare. A very challenging book but as Greg says at the end “if we find it hard to believe the best about God being better than us than something is off!” He does a great job reading his own book as well.

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Provocative

Thoroughly provocative, and faithful to the character of God revealed in Christ. Recommended for all.

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A theological framework that finally makes sense

I am so glad that I stumbled upon this book. It has deepened and re-energized my faith. Highly recommend.

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  • 05-16-19

Fantastic

Greg Boyd gives a comprehensive analysis of the violence in the old testament and provides a fantastic framework to understand it by which is liberating for those who struggle with an angry, abusive old testament God.

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  • Simon
  • 04-13-19

Fantastic

Awesome book. I came away with a new appreciation of how important it is to see the character of God as being fully revealed in Jesus. Also a fresh reminder of how relevant Jesus is in the face of atrocities, whether historical or current day. Not sure if I am fully on board with everything, or if you can extend his thesis as far as he does, but the majority of it seems logical and sits right. I look forward to exploring the topic with other authors in Old Testament violence.