Words of Current Interest

Related to the Lesson-Sermon for April 18, 1976, in the CHRISTIAN SCIENCE QUARTERLY Subject: Doctrine of Atonement

To give his life a ransom for many (Mark 10:45)

C.E.B. Cranfield observes that outside the New Testament the Greek noun lútron (here translated "ransom") is often used with reference to a prisoner of war; in the Septuagint version of the Old Testament it refers to a poll tax, a fine paid for property damage, or a fee for the release of a slave. This passage calls to mind the Servant Poems of Deutero-Isaiah (42:1-4; 49:1-7; 50:4-9; 52:13-53:12), which were frequently cited by early Christians with reference to the ministry of Christ Jesus.

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