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REVIEW OF HUGH MARTIN'S, THE SHADOW OF CALVARY

06/01/2017

Review of Hugh Martin, THE SHADOW OF CALVARY (with a Forward by Carl Trueman); Banner of Truth; 2016

The Banner of Truth is to be warmly thanked for putting back into print this 19th century classic! Hugh Martin was a pastor and theologian who could preach the Scriptures with power and clarity. The Banner has published THE ATONEMENT, his commentary on JONAH, and CHRIST FOR LIFE. This book succeeds where most accounts of our Savior’s life in the gospels never go, and when they do, seldom succeed. He not only explains the doctrines but the ethos and experience of Christ in the gospels. Alfred Edersheim could give the reader a sense of the sights and smells of 1st century Jerusalem in his magnum opus, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JESUS THE MESSIAH. Hugh Martin does something related in giving us a sense of the drama and experience of the gospel narratives of Christ’s last days.

CONTENTS:

GETHSEMANE
1. The Incidents
2. The Agony of Sorrow
3. The Agony of Prayer
4. Failing Fellow Watchers
5. A Prayer Chamber for Disciples

THE ARREST
6. Secret Prayer Answered Openly
7. The Prisoner Judging All Parties
8. The Captive Carrying Captivity Captive

THE TRIAL
9. The Character of the Judge
10. ‘Given You in the Same Hour”
11. ‘Destroy This Temple’
12. ‘Nevertheless….Hereafter’
13. Condemned! ‘There is Therefore…’

A pastor could milk this material for much good for his soul and that of the souls of his congregation. A laymen will find it a rich vein to read and meditate upon. All will find themselves not only informed but moved, convicted and encouraged. What a Savior!

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