A New Covenant hermeneutic : the use of Scripture in Hebrews 8-10
This work offers a description of the use of Scripture in Hebrews 8–jo and then some suggestions as to the hermeneutic that stands behind it. Chapter One suggests an approach to determining the structure of Hebrews and argues that chs. 8–jo constitute the theological heart and paraenetic core of the book or homily. Chapter Two investigates the use of Scripture in Heb. 8:1-13, and asserts that Hebrews 8 serves as an introduction to the material in chs. 9 and i o, setting out the three main topics dealt with in detail in these chapters under the rubric of the priestly work of Christ: sanctuary, sacrifice and covenant. Chapter Three works through the main theological section of Heb. 9:1- Jo: i8, in which the old and new sanctuaries, sacrifices and covenants are compared. Chapter Four examines Heb. 10:19-39, a section of paraenesis that grows out of the preceding theological discussion of Christ's superior priestly ministry. Chapter Five concludes this study by describing matters relevant to the author's use of Scripture in chs. 8–jo, such as textual issues, technical concerns—including introduction of quotations and the influence of contemporary Jewish interpretation— and theological presuppositions. From this, certain hermeneutical principles underlying the author's use of Scripture come to light, supporting a framework of prophetic, typological and universal fulfilment of Scripture.