ct: the cross in Paul’s epistles (2)

So much of what he [the apostle Paul] says has passed into the common stock of Christian knowledge that it is difficult to estimate at all fully our debt to him. It comes as something of a surprise, for example, to find that, apart from the crucifixion narrative and one verse in Hebrews, Paul is the only New Testament writer to speak about ‘the cross.’ We find it difficult to talk for long about Jesus without mentioning ‘the cross’, and this is the measure of the way Paul has influenced all subsequent Christian vocabulary. We would image that there are many New Testament references to the death of Christ. But, outside of Paul, there are not. (Leon Morris, The Cross in the New Testament, pp.216-217)

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