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Title: The distinctive soteriology in the epistle to the Hebrews
Author: Diceanu, Marian
ISNI:       0000 0001 3423 8015
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2008
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Abstract:
In the panorama ofNew Testament soteriology, it is shown that the epistle of Hebrews stands ' out as unique. This distinctiveness, while unique, it is complementary not fundamentally different. . The writer of Hebrews is seen as an individual who, even though he was educated by Hellenistic standards, hence his excellent Greek, was very much steeped in the Jewish, Old Testament Levitical and sacrificial tradition. Because his audience is also seen to be, largely, Jewish it explains why Hebrews is the most Levitical-steeped document in the New Testament. The author waS writing to an audience that was on the verge of abandoning the path of the Christian faith. Such a grave error ofjudgment necessitated a response to shake them out ofthat state .of mind, into a continuous life of faith. He employs a distinctive soteriological rigorism to highlight the perils associated with their course of action. In this cqntext he presents a salvation that is fully realized only in the future and to which the audience needed to press toward. The salvation presented in Hebrews is more akin to a journey in which the exodus generation is held up as a negative example, shown to have missed the mark, while Abraham and others are presented as positive examples, shown to have persevered to the end. This [mal salvation expressed as a future reality, contains dynamic elements. Since final salvation is future,. the present course of action is a determining factor as to whether the readers would reach the mark. Therefore, the author places high emphasis on perseverance and movement toward [mal salvation. The dynamic, future-oriented salvation is also seen in the distinctive sacrificial and nonsacrificial terminology that the author employs. While many of these terms are not unique to Hebrews, their use in a Levitical, and sacrificial context makes them distinctive in New Testament soteriology.
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Qualification Name: Queen's University Belfast, 2008 Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.486131  DOI: Not available
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