Atonement and the Logic of Resurrection in the Epistle to the Hebrews

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BRILL, Jul 27, 2011 - Religion - 338 pages
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Scholars often explain Hebrews relative silence regarding Jesus resurrection by emphasizing the author s appeal to Yom Kippur s two key moments the sacrificial slaughter and the high priest s presentation of blood in the holy of holies in his distinctive portrayal of Jesus death and heavenly exaltation. The writer s depiction of Jesus as the high priest whose blood effected ultimate atonement appears to be modeled upon these two moments. Such a typology discourages discrete reflection on Jesus resurrection. Drawing on contemporary studies of Jewish sacrifice (which note that blood represents life, not death), parallels in Jewish apocalyptic literature, and fresh exegetical insights, this volume demonstrates that Jesus embodied, resurrected life is crucial for the high-priestly Christology and sacrificial soteriology developed in Hebrews.

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The Riddle of Hebrews Silence about the Resurrection
Chapter Two Angels Anthropology and the Age to Come in Hebrews 12
Chapter Three Jesus Resurrection Ascension and Heavenly High Preisthood in Hebrews
Chapter Four Jesus Resurrection Life and Hebrews Christological and Soteriological Appropriation of Yom Kippur
Chapter Five Conclusion

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David M. Moffitt, Ph.D. (2010) in Religion, Duke University, is Visiting Assistant Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School. He has published several essays including articles in the Journal of Biblical Literature and the Zeitschrift f r die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft.