The Death of Death in the Death of Christ - Modernized (eBook)

by John Owen

A TREATISE OF THE REDEMPTION AND RECONCILIATION THAT IS IN THE BLOOD OF CHRIST, WITH THE MERIT THEREOF, AND SATISFACTION WROUGHT THEREBY.

in ePub, .mobi & .pdf formats

Updated to modern English by William H. Gross

Introductory Essay by J. I. Packer

Orignal Language Version Here

This is a restatement and simplification of Owen’s original work.It should be used for teaching purposes only.You may reproduce the text so long as you do not change it and you do not sell it to anyone. This restriction  is  placed  on  it  so  that  the  propagation  of  any  errors  in  the  updated  language  is  limited.  If someone rephrases  my updated  language,  the  treatise  will quickly degenerate  into a  misstatement rather than  a  restatement  of  Owen’s  work.  That  would  be  lamentable.  So  what  are  the  changes  that  have  been made? The  old  English  wording  has  been  updated,  so  that “thee”and “thou”are  now “you” and “yours.”American spelling has been employed.  Scripture references with Roman  numerals have  been  updated to Arabic  and  corrected  where  needed.  The  difficult  structure  and  syntax  have been  simplified.  Little-used words  have  been  replaced with simpler  ones  as  well. Some  exceptions  to  this  simplification include  the words“oblation”(p.27)  which  is  an  act  of  offering;  and “impetration”(p.66)  which  is  obtaining something by petition or beseeching. Because of their context, extensive use, and the wider connotations of these words, they have been left alone.Goold’s 1850-53 editor notes are followed by “-Ed.” Sentences have been shortened, and in many cases split into several sentences for clarity. Parallelism has been  employed  to  maintain  rhythm and  clarity.  Unreferenced  pronouns  have  been  made  explicit.  The passive  voice has been changed  to active  in most places. Duplicated texts, digressions that do not affect the content, and   alternate   phrasings   within   the   same   sentence,   have   been   removed   for   easier comprehension. Ad hominem attacks, however, have been kept as an expression of Owen’s outrage, and his acidic humor. Because Latin is  no longer a required  course in public education, Latin passages have been excised except where they are core to his argument; those remaining have been crudely translated to help the reader. Hence, this must be called an abridgment. However, the full argument and supporting text are  maintained. This is  not a  synopsis, but the  entire treatise  presented in the original work.As a result, the expository style remains.If it seems stilted, it is because it is stilted in the original.The  old  King  James  passages  of  Scripture,  and  Owen’s  direct  translations,  have  been  restated  in  many cases for readability as well.Where this was done, the original Hebrew and Greek meanings were used to preserve  his  intent. Passages in Owen’s original work that had  no reference are now marked  to help the reader  find  them  more  easily.  Where  Owen  cites  the  original  Greek  or  Hebrew,  a  bracket  containing [NT:xxxx]  or  [OT:xxxx]  has  been  inserted  with  the  Anglicized  Greek/Hebrew  word  and  Strong’s numbers. Referenced but unquoted scriptures have been footnotedfor your convenience. A  table  of  contents  has  been  created  to  make  it  easier  to  locate  particular  passages  and  to  serve  as  a general outline of the argument. Therefore, additional sub-headings have been added. I make no apologies for  altering  the  text.  My  purpose  is  not  to  preserve  Owen’s  original  text  as  if  it  were  Scripture,  but  to preserve his teaching and wisdom, organized and annotated. It would be a shame if the modern audience did not benefit from his labors because the language was too complex or arcane to comprehend. And so I hope the restatement of this important work makes it more accessible toyou, and that it brings home  the  importance  of  the  doctrine he  articulates  from  Scripture.  We  are  seekers  of  Godly  truth,  not logic or human wisdom. These doctrines don’t result from logic and reason alone, nor are they imposed on scripture bysome systemof theology. They are derived from the truth of God’s word. Only the truth will enable us to see God as He is, and thereby come to know him (John 17:3).

William H. Gross

www.onthewing.org

© Jan 2004
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