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Title: ''You have come to mount Zion''. Pilgrimage to the presence of God in the epistle to the Hebrews
Author: Sims, C.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3413 8065
Awarding Body: Queens University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2008
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The Epistle to the Hebrews contains a definite movement motif. Many scholars have identified the movement as a journey - a pilgrimage. Pilgrimage is a cultural expression of an ideal; this thesis investigates the movement motif in Hebrews using a phenomenological model of pilgrimage provided by cultural anthropology. The anthropological study of pilgrimage provides a descriptive model that recognises two fundamental components of all pilgrimages: (1) the journey, and (2) the Goal. There are a number of sub-components common to the journey component of pilgrimage. Each element is outlined and compared with Hebrews. Every pilgrimage has its own 'rules' and customs, these are expressions of the pilgrim's worldview and they constitute the 'pilgrimage code' of each pilgrimage tradition - they are culturally specific. Supplied by The British Library - 'The world's knowledge' This thesis believes the author of Hebrews to be Jewish and familiar with Jewish cultic and ritualistic expressions of faith. Therefore, pilgrimages to Jerusalem during the late Second Temple period are examined as the most appropriate cultural background and source for the author of Hebrews' understanding of pilgrimage. The popularity of the festal pilgrimages to Jerusalem is investigated in order to demonstrate that the vast majority of Second Temple Jews (from the Diaspora or Palestine) would have been acquainted with the concept of pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The character of . the Jerusalem pilgrimages is evaluated and a possible pilgrimage code for Second Temple Judaism is proposed. Hebrews is examined in light of the phenomenological model of pilgrimage and the proposed pilgrimage code for Second Temple Judaism. This thesis concludes that Hebrews conforms to the phenomenological model and that the 'pilgrimage code' helps to unify what might otherwise appear to be disparate themes, purposes or emphasis in the Epistle (i.e. the supposed distinct emphasis and purpose between the paraenetic and theological sections of Hebrews).
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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