The Atonement as Ransom and Substitution

Several words are used to describe the atonement in the New Testament. As we continue our series on the atonement, we explore the atonement as a ransom and substitution for the redemption of the elect.

Course Notes


  • Jim Cassidy
  • Jeff Waddington
  • Camden Bucey



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Hall, David. A theological guide to Calvin’s Institutes : essays and analysis. Phillipsburg N.J.: P&R Pub., 2008.

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David Rowe

11 years ago

Hey guys-

Have you heard about a book called “The Atonement Debate” with symposium papers/positions by I Howard Marshall, Joel Green, Christopher Wright and Steve Chalke? I’d be interested in your overview of the positions during the next few shows!

Keep up the good work!

David Rowe

Ashwin Ramji

10 years ago

Can someone repost this episode? I’d like to listen to it. I’d appreciate if you would email me when it’s back up.

Thank you.

Todd F

8 years ago

Links to notes don’t work !!!!!!!

Nicholas Perella

1 month ago

Link to Richard Gaffin’s articles does not work.


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