Narrative Atonement Theory

Peter Leithart asks,

What if the gospel narratives are the atonement theory? What if, instead of God’s offended honor or God’s reputation for just rule, we began our atonement theories with “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham” or “In the days of Herod, king of Judea” or “In the beginning was the Word”? What if the selection of apostles, Jesus’ meals with sinners, His healings and His combat with Pharisees were integral parts of our atonement theory?