by Horatius Bonar
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Published in 1875, Rent Veil was written by
theologian and poet Horatius Bonar. Bonar's Rent Veil treats a
of topics, most directly the atonement. The title refers to Christ and
Christ's body. Bonar claims that without the broken ("rent") body of
Christ, there would still be a barrier ("veil") between persons and God.
With Christ's death, there is the possibility of the forgiveness of
sins. In Bonar's interesting treatment of the atonement, he also makes
some intriguing points regarding the relationship of the Old Testament
to the New Testament. Throughout, Bonar supports his points with liberal
quotations from Scripture. The final third of his book provides an
instructive call for believers. In it, Bonar extols believers to, and
describes for them, the kinds of people God desires--worshipers,
temples, priests, and kings. Despite being published over a hundred
years ago, Bonar's prose is surprisingly up-to-date and easy to follow.
For an interesting treatment of the atonement, one can do no better than
Bonar's Rent Veil.
CCEL Staff Writer