Approach: An introduction to subtle differences in Bible translations and what it reveals about the translation of a concept of atonement.

Hermeneutic objective: Using a Bible dictionary to learn about challenging theological terms.

Theological objective: The sacrifice of Jesus Christ was more than simply an "expiation" and more than simply a "propitiation." It was an act that accomplished both functions and provides a logical basis of atonement within a legal framework.

Because both expiation and propitiation are directed towards God, these acts are viewed as illustrating the objective aspects of atonement. Yet by themselves, they do not portray a complete picture of Christ’s work of atonement. Just as important as it is to understand God's legal and judicial viewpoint, we must understand that God's intent of atonement was directed towards human beings as well.