Recognizing that forgiveness holds a central place in the Christian understanding of the religious experience and of the Church as a forgiving community, the author undertakes to expound the meaning of the term by drawing both upon New Testament teaching and upon the understandings of guilt and forgiveness offered by contemporary psychological studies. His qualifications as a teacher of New Testament in two theological seminaries and as a fellow at the Menninger clinic enable him to treat both aspects of the subject with sympathetic understanding. The first part of the book treats the theme of Forgiveness in the Old Testament; the second with Forgiveness in Pre-Christian Judaism; the third with Forgiveness in the New Testament; the fourth with Forgiveness in the Life of the Contemporary Church. In this last section, the teachings of contemporary psychology are brought under discussion, especially as related to the concept of Church discipline. The theological position of Barth, Thurneysen, and others of contemporary Reformed thought are scrutinised and found wanting in some respects as adequate in their treatment of forgiveness, and of the pastoral task in dealing with sin, guilt and forgiveness. A sound scholarly book of value to the theological student, the pastor, and the general concerned reader.