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Title: Aspects of the theology of divine speech in Hebrews : an exegetical study with particular reference to the writer's use of the terms λóγoσ and Ρñμα
Author: Griffiths, J. I.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2010
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Although it has received relatively little attention in Hebrews study, the theme of divine speech appears at the opening of the letter (1.1-2) and recurs throughout, often in contexts suggesting connections to other areas of scholarly interest (Christology, soteriology, and the writer’s understanding of the nature of his discourse). Many scholars assume that the terms λóγoσ and Ρñμα play a significant role in the writer’s development of the theme of divine speech, yet no detailed study exists of these terms in Hebrews. This study seeks to examine the theme of divine speech in Hebrews and, in particular, to test the theory that the terms λóγoσ and Ρñμα function as key terms in the writer’s development of that theme. We conduct an exegetical analysis of all the passages where λóγoσ and Ρñμα occur (1.1-4, 2.1-4, 4.2-16, 5.11-6.12, 6.13-7.28, 11.3, 12.18-29, 13.1-25). Alongside our study of the key terms, two further lines of inquiry (shaped by previous studies related to divine speech) are in view in our exegesis of these passages: What is the relationship between Christology, soteriology, and divine speech in Hebrew? And to what extent does the writer view his own discourse as a form of divine speech? We conclude that the terms λóγoσ and Ρñμα do function as key terms with considerable (although not absolute) consistency: λóγoσ signifies God’s verbal speech, while Ρñμα signifies God’s non-verbal revelation in the cosmos. Concerning Christology and soteriology, we conclude that the writer views the Son as the definitive form and substance of God’s speech, and so any encounter with God’s word entails an encounter with the Son and the opportunity to experience the salvation that he effects through his priestly work. Concerning the writer’s discourse, we conclude that he takes a theologically exalted view of his own discourse, presenting it as a form of divine speech.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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