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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: The Banner of Truth Trust; New edition edition (Sept. 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851513824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851513829
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1.8 x 21.4 cm
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'It is safe to say that no comparable exposition of the work of redemption as planned and executed by the Triune Jehovah has ever been done since Owen published this in 1648.'

About the Author

John Owen (1616–1683) was an English Nonconformist church leader, theologian, and academic administrator at the University of Oxford. On 29 April he preached before the Long Parliament. In this sermon, and in his Country Essay for the Practice of Church Government, which he appended to it, his tendency to break away from Presbyterianism to the Independent or Congregational system is seen. Like John Milton, he saw little to choose between "new presbyter" and "old priest." He became pastor at Coggeshall in Essex, with a large influx of Flemish tradesmen. In March 1651, Cromwell, as Chancellor of Oxford University, gave him the deanery of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and made him Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University in September 1652; in both offices he succeeded the Presbyterian, Edward Reynolds. During his eight years of official Oxford life Owen showed himself a firm disciplinarian, thorough in his methods, though, as John Locke testifies, the Aristotelian traditions in education underwent no change. With Philip Nye he unmasked the popular astrologer, William Lilly, and in spite of his share in condemning two Quakeresses to be whipped for disturbing the peace, his rule was not intolerant. Anglican services were conducted here and there, and at Christ Church itself the Anglican chaplain remained in the college. While little encouragement was given to a spirit of free inquiry, Puritanism at Oxford was not simply an attempt to force education and culture into "the leaden moulds of Calvinistic theology." Owen, unlike many of his contemporaries, was more interested in the New Testament than in the Old. During his Oxford years he wrote Justitia Divina, an exposition of the dogma that God cannot forgive sin without an atonement; Communion with God, Doctrine of the Saints' Perseverance, his final attack on Arminianism; Vindiciae Evangelicae, a treatise written by order of the Council of State against Socinianism as expounded by John Biddle; On the Mortification of Sin in Believers, an introspective and analytic work; Schism, one of the most readable of all his writings; Of Temptation, an attempt to recall Puritanism to its cardinal spiritual attitude from the jarring anarchy of sectarianism and the pharisaism which had followed on popularity and threatened to destroy the early simplicity. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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John Owen, that Puritan of Puritans, has been regarded by many to be too hard to bother reading. This is a huge shame. I am 22 years old, and I have managed to understand this brilliant theologian. I have now finished `The Death of Death in the Death of Christ', having marked almost every page of it. The study has taken me a year to digest - but what is my analysis of the time I have dedicated to the reading of it? I can honestly declare it to have been the best ever use of my time, outside of the reading of the Holy Scriptures. This is truly a superb book - a giant above the rest, towering over even John Stott's `The Cross of Christ'. There is no aspect of the cross which has not been included into Owen's treatise. It is a gold-mine of spiritual power and will give any keen believer, who is eager to learn truth, great strength in the Christian life.

Having given such praise to it, what then is it about? What is its theme? Most of us think we know the answer to this question. Primarily, of course, Owen is seeking to prove to his readers, using unanswerably simple logic and powerful exposition of the Holy Scriptures, that Christ has not failed to eternally redeem every person He died intending to save. Owen wants to defend the doctrine of Particular Redemption (or as it is also known, `Limited Atonement'). But is this all the book is about? No, not exactly. The real theme of this book is precisely what the title suggests: it is a book totally dedicated to unlocking the mystery of the death of death itself in the death of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us elaborate upon this for a moment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd best book I ever read besides the Holy Scriptures 6 Feb. 2015
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2nd best book I ever read besides the Holy Scriptures. John Owen is not difficult to read...Don't settle for an abridged version, please. After you read 10-15 pages, you'll be used to the format. Plus, if he is a hard read for you, you'll only be testing and conditioning your mind by reading him ;that's just another benefit from reading older books! We're not talking about a different language here, it is still English. Read what he actually wrote, nothing less!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book by the best Puritan theologian. 3 Mar. 2013
By Rev. Dummy Gladhands - Published on Amazon.com
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This exploration of the doctrine of the atonement is much needed in our own day, when so many "Christian" leaders are preaching Law without Gospel, and delimiting the effects of Christ's work on the cross by expanding its parameters unbiblically. J. I. Packer (whose introduction is indispensible) once said John Owen was the most capable of the Puritan exegetes, and this ability comes through clearly here.

Don't expect to read this while lounging by the fire. Owen's writing style is dense and at times difficult (especially for 21st century readers), but it's entirely worth it. What "Death of Death" has that most modern theological works lack is a distinct devotional/practical edge; Owen isn't just ranting against Arminian theology, he's pointing us toward Christ and showing how we have been and continue to be transformed by our knowledge of His sacrifice.

A must-read for every theology student; highly recommended for everyone else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and Thorough 23 Sept. 2010
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This book is a must read for any Christian growing in their faith, it will help in your understanding of the gospel, make it fresh to your soul once again, and challenge you to think about what you believe and why you believe it. John Owen challenges the popular beliefs at his time that were not based on Scripture but on some men's ideas of what must be "fair." Owen thoroughly discusses all the verses used by his opponents to help us all understand what those passages really mean in light of all of Scripture. Here you will read about all the covenant promises made from the Father to the Son, and all the prophecies Jesus fulfilled. Owen describes what was accomplished by the death of Christ, and when it was applied, and to whom. Salvation is unpacked, and I have walked away feeling more loved by God than ever. I picked this book up based on the recommendation of a trusted friend, and have recommended it to many people since. John Owen beautifully writes about how Reformed theology truly celebrates the God of love who fully accomplished the salvation of His people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend this book to anyone who is searching for answers ... 16 Sept. 2016
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After reading another one of John Owen's books, I bought this book and became instantly entrapped in reading it. I would recommend this book to anyone who is searching for answers found in truth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Redemption by Blood 7 April 2016
By Eduardo Rodriguez - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased the book. It had several typos and difficult to read the small print. The content was exhaustive and Dr Owen gave support for his stand. Dr Owen also well supported his rebuttals to the heresies of his time which are still lingering today. The content is excellent and is considered a classic. I recommend the reading of this classic.
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