The atonement is one of the most crucial of all the Christian doctrines, explaining the death of Christ and its significance to the Christian community. However, the atonement like any other Christian doctrine is only as meaningful as the metaphors employed to communicate this teaching. The majority of the world lives in shame and honor cultures where their concepts of sin and salvation differ from those of Christians. This paper aims at presenting a biblical paradigm for communicating this pivotal doctrine to communal contexts in a manner that makes the gospel translatable to such settings without losing its significance and power.



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