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5.0 out of 5 stars all theology is soteriology
All Christians agree that Jesus is the Messiah and Savoir, but what exactly does that mean? What did his death actually accomplish and for whom was it done? Is God the Father angry at us and needs to have his wrath given out on someone? Does Jesus redeem the world, the universe, or just the elect? Is the devil holding us hostage and in need of a ransom? Is the state of...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Problems with the book and PDF file
As the book description indicates, this is an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) production. And as such, it's far worse than most. In fact it's a complete mess, and is almost impossible to read. Many words are garbled; there are no apostrophes; the Latin and Greek footnotes come out as complete gibberish, and all footnotes are jammed together at the original page...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars all theology is soteriology, August 17, 2008
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All Christians agree that Jesus is the Messiah and Savoir, but what exactly does that mean? What did his death actually accomplish and for whom was it done? Is God the Father angry at us and needs to have his wrath given out on someone? Does Jesus redeem the world, the universe, or just the elect? Is the devil holding us hostage and in need of a ransom? Is the state of death what needs to be "satisfied" and broken? What do the Gospels tell us? St Paul? The earliest church writers? The Fathers East and West? The Medieval theologians? The later Romans and Reformers? These are the types of questions that are at the heart of Grensted's classic, and until recently out of print, text. Such questions are at the very heart of what we think about the nature and "personality" of our God. Grensted rightly says that from the beginning, all Christian theology is soteriology, having to do with the stuff of salvation.

I have used this book extensively in my own study and have found it a fantastic jumping off point, since he has extensive footnotes to the Fathers, theologians and reformers, and he almost always provides a full quotation in the footnotes in the original language after he translates it in the main body of the text. Also be warned that this edition is a copy of the original text, so some pages are a little faded and there is brief underlining by a previous owner, who provided the "proof pages", but they are minimal and neatly scribed. I have found no pages missing, although the publisher's preface warns of it. I think that it must be a general disclaimer. Something that I thought could have been made much more of is the Eastern doctrine of deification (theosis), since that is to my mind the heart of eastern soteriology, and I provide a link to a book on that subject below.

Other books that go along the lines of this one are:
Cur Deus Homo, On The Incarnation, Christus Victor: An Historical Study of the Three Main Types of the Idea of Atonement (which is VERY useful), The Nature of the Atonement: Four Views, Problems With Atonement: The Origins Of, And Controversy About, The Atonement DoctrineThe Background And Content Of Paul's Cultic Atonement Metaphors (Academia Biblica (Society of Biblical Literature) (Paper)), The Atonement: The Origins of the Doctrine in the New Testament (but if you can find Hengel's "The Cross of the Son of God" you will get this book along with two of his others on the subject in one binding. For a new view of Luther, see Union With Christ: The New Finnish Interpretation of Luther. For an Orthodox view, seePartakers of the Divine Nature: The History and Development of Deification in the Christian Traditions. Jordan Bajis' Common Ground is also a good comparison of Eastern and Western models.

Please see my other reviews for more books on this theme. Enjoy!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Problems with the book and PDF file, January 6, 2012
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As the book description indicates, this is an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) production. And as such, it's far worse than most. In fact it's a complete mess, and is almost impossible to read. Many words are garbled; there are no apostrophes; the Latin and Greek footnotes come out as complete gibberish, and all footnotes are jammed together at the original page breaks; etc., etc. I gave up after 7 pages, before I went completely crazy. The book itself is practically worthless, and I threw mine away after ordering a true facsimile from another publisher.
The one saving feature of this purchase is that you get a free PDF download of the original book in facsimile. Be warned, however, that the PDF file is totally locked, so that there's absolutely NOTHING you can do as a researcher except read the text. You can't highlight text in your copy (such as yellow highlighting); you can't copy any text to be pasted elsewhere; etc. None of this, at least not in Adobe Reader X.
For these reasons, I wouldn't recommend purchasing this book. Too bad, because as reviewer #1 points out, this is an important work for anyone studying this important historical topic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... put off by the claim that the reproduction is bad and hard to read, October 7, 2014
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Don't be put off by the claim that the reproduction is bad and hard to read.The text is clean and distinct. It is easy to read. And the reproduction is not optical character recognition, but images of the pages.
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A Short History of the Doctrine of the Atonement:
A Short History of the Doctrine of the Atonement: by L. W. Grensted (Paperback - January 18, 2001)
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