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Ancient Egyptian Elements In Hebrews 1?

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This chapter provides examples from Hebrews 1 to suggest that it may be ancient Egyptian mythology which supplies what Craddock expresses as "the major lines and subtler nuances of the writer's argument and appeal". It presents the hypothesis that a precursor to the divine sonship of Jesus can be seen in a concept that was already present in the institution of ancient Egyptian divine kingship. The king in Egypt was, through ritual, made a divine mediator. This was also expressed in Judean royal theology reflected in the texts presented in the chapter. In this way the concept of a combination of both divine and human dimensions was incorporated into Judean kingship, and thus ancient Egyptian elements are detectable in the Masoretic text (MT).

Keywords: Egyptian mythology; Hebrews 1; Masoretic text (MT)



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