Why Did Jesus Die and What Difference Does it Make?
Published by: MennoMedia
Imprint: Herald Press
Michele Hershberger helps us peer deeply into the meaning of the cross by sifting through Scripture and the life of Christ. Learn about theological concepts like sin, salvation, and atonement. Find out how Christians across the centuries have thought about Jesus’ death. Discover how Jesus’ life, crucifixion, and resurrection change everything.
The Jesus Way series delves into big questions about God’s work in the world. These concise, practical books are deeply rooted in Anabaptist theology. Crafted by a diverse community of internationally renowned scholars, pastors, and practitioners, The Jesus Way series helps readers deepen their faith in Christ and enliven their witness.
Books in series:
What Is the Bible and How Do We Understand It? Dennis R. Edwards [Fall 2019]
Why Did Jesus Die and What Difference Does It Make? Michele Hershberger [Fall 2019]
Why Do We Suffer and Where Is God When We Do? Valerie G. Rempel [Spring 2020]
What Is the Trinity and Why Does It Matter? Steve Dancause [Spring 2020]
Who Are Our Enemies and How Do We Love Them? Hyung Jin Kim Sun [Summer 2020]
What Is God’s Mission in the World and How Do We Join It? Juan F. Martínez [Summer 2020]
What Is the Church and Why Does It Exist? David Fitch [Fall 2020]
What Does Justice Look Like and Why Does God Care about It? Judith and Colin McCartney [Fall 2020]
What Is God’s Kingdom and What Does Citizenship Look Like? César García [Spring 2021]
Who Was Jesus and What Does It Mean to Follow Him? Nancy Elizabeth Bedford [Spring 2021]
“I am delighted to walk this journey in the Way with Michele Hershberger as she explores what it means to be saved, a journey that, interestingly enough, starts on her front porch. Michele is a gifted storyteller. This simple breakdown of our complex faith is a must-read for every Anabaptist Christian and an excellent tool to help guide others in our faith.”~Glen Guyton, executive director of Mennonite Church USA
“In this installment of The Jesus Way series, Michele Hershberger addresses the simple question, Why did Jesus die?, with remarkably clear (but not simplistic) responses that acknowledge the complexity around atonement theology. She brings the richness of Anabaptism to the table, honoring that tradition with an irenic spirit rather than the polemics that often dominate the atonement wars. A highly usable study tool!”~Brad Jersak, author of A More Christlike Way
~Peter Dula, associate professor of religion and culture at Eastern Mennonite University
“For years Michele Hershberger’s students have raved about her teaching. Reading this book, those of us not lucky enough to have been in her classroom can see why. Her patient and careful attention to a vast range of scriptural images and metaphors elevates this book far above the theoretical abstraction and ideological polemic of most recent books on atonement theology. Pastors, teachers, and students of theology are deeply in her debt.”