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Christ the Conqueror of Hell: The Descent into Hades from an Orthodox Perspective Paperback – November 20, 2009
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This book was phenomenal for several reasons.
1. It deals with a subject matter that is often overlooked or ignored by the modern Church.
2. It traces the doctrine throughout the centuries, starting with the New Testament, the Apostolic Fathers, onward through the Church Fathers.
3. It points out the need for this doctrine, by showing us how Christ conquered Hades and death, and that now believers really don't need to fear death, because Christ has truly conquered it.
The Archbishop puts forward three possible theories as to who Christ saved from Hades (Sheol) when he descended.
1. The Old Testament Saints, which is the belief that the Western Church has commonly held (myself included).
2. That by His preaching, it gave those spirits listening the opportunity to repent and be saved (a view that I'm open to.).
3. That Christ saved everyone in Hades, and now it lies broken and empty, with only the devil and the demons as it's inhabitants. (I'm not too keen on this view for several reasons).
The book is fascinating, and really makes you think about the emplications of the Son of God entering Hades, and its consequences for the human race. I recomend this book to any serious student of the Scriptures and Church History. I was struck by just how many of the Fathers were united on this belief, and how prevalent it has been down through the ages.
The other reviews on this book do an adequate job of discussing the strengths of this work. I would take a bit of a different slant on this work. Not only did Christ break down the "gates of Hades" once and for all, thus disarming the evil one, but also, as St. Ephrem said, when the Roman lance pierced the side of Jesus and the water and blood flowed from Christ's side, the angel with the flaming sword sent to guard the gates of Paradise was recalled, because the eternal living water flowed forth from the Savior. Hell was destroyed and Paradise reopened!Read more ›
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This is a very readable book. What`s more, it deals with an important and often very overlooked aspect of Christian theology. Read morePublished 6 months ago by alex
It was an overview of orthodox conclusions. Not sure what was missing, but I really did not find the book to address information of the many different views between Protestants,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Alfonzo
The Apostles' Creed states that Christ "descended into hell" after His death. This book is an Eastern Orthodox view of what was meant by the statement. Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by Walter Ferguson
Metropolitan Hilarion's book was a goldmine of fresh theological insights, and an amazing look into a point of resurrection theology vastly overlooked in the Western Churches. Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by Amazon Customer