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Author: Archibald Hodge
The senior editor of “The Presbyterian Banner” contacted Hodge, requesting him to write this work in late 1866. He asked Hodge to write a series of articles to defend the orthodox Reformed position on the atonement. Hodge decided to expand upon his articles, and the following year in 1867, “The Atonement” hit the presses.
This work is not intended for the beginner in theology. Hodge assumes a working knowledge of Greek and Hebrew, and he uses precise theological terminology often, frequently without definitions. Start by reading the chapter “Person of Christ” in Charles Hodge's “Systematic Theology” (Part 3, chapter 3) and A.A. Hodge's chapter “The Atonement: Its Nature, Necessity, Perfection and Extent” in “Outlines of Theology” (Chapter 25). These will provide the student with a foundation on which to build with this magnificent work on the atonement.