(Ger. hist. of salvation). God's activity on behalf of man, understood on the one hand as salvation and grace, and on the other as its effect on man's spiritual development. In its larger sense the term refers to the unfolding of God's entire plan of salvation for man, from creation* to the hereafter.* OT prophecies and NT fulfillments are important in the basis for the theol. method of exponents of Heilsgeschichte. Recapitulation* formed the basis of the conception of Irenaeus.* The covenant approach is prominent in federal* theol. Augustine* of Hippo, Joachim* of Floris, and J. Cocceius* are also prominent in the hist. of Heilsgeschichte as a concept.
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