noun Theology.

the doctrine of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Origin of soteriology

1760–70; < Greek sōtērí(a) salvation, deliverance (sōtēr- (stem of sōtḗr) deliverer + -ia -y3) + -o- + -logy
Related formsso·te·re·o·log·ic [suh-teer-ee-uh-loj-ik] /səˌtɪər i əˈlɒdʒ ɪk/, so·te·re·o·log·i·cal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for soteriology



theol the doctrine of salvation
Derived Formssoteriologic (sɒˌtɪərɪəˈlɒdʒɪk) or soteriological, adjective

Word Origin for soteriology

C19: from Greek sōtēria deliverance (from sōtēr a saviour) + -logy
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Word Origin and History for soteriology

1847, in reference to health; 1864 in reference to salvation, from German soteriologie, from Greek soteria "preservation, salvation," from soizein "save, preserve," related to sos "safe, healthy," of uncertain origin. With -ology.

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