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Covenant & Sacrifice in the Letter to the Hebresw

J Dunnill

Covenant & Sacrifice in the Letter to the Hebresw

J Dunnill

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This study focuses on the way the Letter to the Hebrews explains the Christian doctrine of salvation by means of sacrificial symbols drawn from the Old Testament. Theories about the nature of sacrifice are taken from the work of social anthropologists to show the underlying meaning of these symbols and how they affect the meaning of this text. In relating New Testament studies to the methods of the social sciences, this book differs from most writings about Hebrews, which are either historical studies of the Letter's background or theological studies of its auther's ideas.

- Publisher Among the problems which Hebrews poses for interpretation, its use of sacrificial terminology must cause it to seem remote and obscure. Although the recent work of social anthropologists on the nature of religious systems has been applied by Old Testament scholars to the laws and symbols of the Pentateuch this is the first sustained study of Hebrews to take account of these theories. Building on the work of such writers as Mary Douglas, Victor Turner, and Claude Lévi-Strauss, Hebrews is approached here as a 'structure of symbols', in which the symbol-system of the Old Testament covenant is re-presented and transposed. Motifs explored by the author include sacred time and space; liminality; the sacrificial function of blood, death, oaths, and blessings; and the narrative traditions of election and exclusion. Dr Dunnill assesses Hebrews, not as an argument, but as an act of symbolic communication expressing the possibility of direct communion with God.

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This study focuses on the way the Letter to the Hebrews explains the Christian doctrine of salvation by means of sacrificial symbols drawn from the Old Testament. Theories about the nature of sacrifice are taken from the work of social anthropologists to show the underlying meaning of these symbols and how they affect the meaning of this text. In relating New Testament studies to the methods of the social sciences, this book differs from most writings about Hebrews, which are either historical studies of the Letter's background or theological studies of its auther's ideas.
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Among the problems which Hebrews poses for interpretation, its use of sacrificial terminology must cause it to seem remote and obscure. Although the recent work of social anthropologists on the nature of religious systems has been applied by Old Testament scholars to the laws and symbols of the Pentateuch this is the first sustained study of Hebrews to take account of these theories. Building on the work of such writers as Mary Douglas, Victor Turner, and Claude Lévi-Strauss, Hebrews is approached here as a 'structure of symbols', in which the symbol-system of the Old Testament covenant is re-presented and transposed. Motifs explored by the author include sacred time and space; liminality; the sacrificial function of blood, death, oaths, and blessings; and the narrative traditions of election and exclusion. Dr Dunnill assesses Hebrews, not as an argument, but as an act of symbolic communication expressing the possibility of direct communion with God.
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Table Of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction: Hebrews And Historical Criticism
  • Part I. Sociology: 1. The New Covenant Community
  • Part Ii. Structuralism: 2. Hebrews And Structural Analysis
  • 3. Sacrifice And Covenant In The Old Testament
  • Part Iii. Renewing The Covenant: 4. A Liturgy For The Day Of Salvation
  • 5. The Narratives Of The Covenant
  • 6. The Testing Of The Son Of God
  • 7. The Necessity Of Blood
  • 8. Worship In The New Covenant
  • Conclusion
  • Abbreviations
  • Notes
  • Bibliography.

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  • Catalogue Code 72913
  • Product Code 0521431581
  • EAN 9780521431583
  • Pages 309
  • Department Academic
  • Category New Testament Commentaries
  • Sub-Category Hebrews
  • Publisher Cambridge University Uk
  • Publication Date Jan 1993
  • Dimensions 223 x 144 x 22 mm
  • Weight 0.512kg

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