soteriology

The doctrine of salvation, of which the basis is found both in the OT and the NT. The Israelites were saved from slavery in Egypt; in Christian experience there is need for liberation from the slavery to sin and death. OT images and expectations were adopted and reinterpreted by Christians, including the sacrificial language of the OT. Paul (Rom. 3:25) asserts that God put forward Christ as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood; this has sometimes been understood as meaning that God needed to be propitiated by the sacrificial blood of his Son. Such an interpretation, however, seems incompatible with justice—that someone innocent should be punished in place of a criminal. Others understand NT soteriology in terms of God's love and grace: God in Christ went to such lengths to manifest his love, and so win the response of repentance from human beings. The salvation promised by Christ is, as it were, a liberty to captives (Luke 4:18), and some modern theologians would include in the captivity the enslaving forces of economics and conflict.

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  • Soteriology — is the branch of theology that deals with salvation. [Webster s Third New International Dictionary Unabridged ISBN 3829052928] It is derived from the Greek sōtērion salvation (from sōtēr savior, preserver ) + English logy. [ [http://www.merriam… …   Wikipedia

  • soteriology — so*te ri*ol o*gy (s[ o]*t[=e] r[i^]*[o^]l [ o]*j[y^]), n. [Gr. swthri a safety (from swth rios saving, swth r a savior, sw zein to save) + logy.] 1. A discourse on health, or the science of promoting and preserving health. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • soteriology — 1847, in reference to health; 1864 in reference to salvation, from Gk. soteria “preservation, salvation,” from soizein save, preserve + OLOGY (Cf. ology) …   Etymology dictionary

  • soteriology — [sō tir΄ē äl′ə jē] n. [< Gr sōtēria, deliverance (in LXX & N.T., salvation) < sōtēr, deliverer (in N.T., Savior) < sōzein, to save < sōs, saos, safe, sound, prob. < IE * twewos < base * tēu , to swell, be strong > L tumere +… …   English World dictionary

  • soteriology —    This word (from the Greek sōtēria, meaning salvation, and logos, meaning study) refers to the theological study of the doctrine of salvation. Soteriology traditionally has included the biblical ideas of Yahweh as the Savior of Israeland Jesus… …   Glossary of theological terms

  • soteriology — noun Etymology: Greek sōtērion salvation (from sōtēr savior, preserver) + English logy more at creosote Date: circa 1774 theology dealing with salvation especially as effected by Jesus Christ • soteriological adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • soteriology — sotereologic /seuh tear ee euh loj ik/, sotereological, adj. /seuh tear ee ol euh jee/, n. Theol. the doctrine of salvation through Jesus Christ. [1760 70; < Gk soterí(a) salvation, deliverance (soter (s. of sotér) deliverer + ia Y3) + O + LOGY]… …   Universalium

  • soteriology — noun /səʊtɪəɹɪˈɒlədʒi/ The study or doctrine of salvation …   Wiktionary

  • SOTERIOLOGY —    that division of THEOLOGY which deals with the SALVATION of man …   Concise dictionary of Religion

  • soteriology — study of theological salvation Ecclesiastical Terms Sciences and Studies …   Phrontistery dictionary

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