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Variety and Unity in New Testament Thought$
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John Reumann

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198262015

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262015.001.0001

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Enigmatic Hebrews: A Rhetorical Appeal for Steadfast Faith in our Great High Priest and in the Better Covenant

Enigmatic Hebrews: A Rhetorical Appeal for Steadfast Faith in our Great High Priest and in the Better Covenant

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(p.163) 11 Enigmatic Hebrews: A Rhetorical Appeal for Steadfast Faith in our Great High Priest and in the Better Covenant
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Variety and Unity in New Testament Thought
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John Reumann

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262015.003.0011

This chapter discusses some scribes who in later centuries made copies of the epistle called ‘To Hebrews’. They added in a note at the conclusion of the text that the letter had been written by Paul from Italy. These opinions became traditional. Yet, everyone of these points—Paul's authorship, the place of writing, the identity of those addressed, and even whether Hebrews is a letter—has been widely denied in subsequent study. This most rhetorically elegant of all New Testament writings has for good reasons been termed, to paraphrase Winston Churchill, a riddle within a puzzle wrapped up in an enigma. Indeed, all three terms have been used by commentators to describe the book. The major emphasis in Hebrews’ depiction of Jesus is in terms of priesthood and indeed as high priest. No other New Testament writing develops so extensive a Christology along such lines.

Keywords:   epistle, Hebrews, opinions, Winston Churchill, priesthood, Christology

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