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Angels, Anthropology, And The Age To Come In Hebrews 1–2

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A close reading of Hebrews 1-2 and Heb 5-7 suggests that two central concerns the author seeks to address are: the rationale for Jesus' exaltation above the angels; and the means by which Jesus was able to obtain his position as high priest. This chapter argues that the author advances surprising claim that Jesus' elevation to a status above the angels follows from the fact that when he ascended into heaven, he entered that realm as a human being. It explicates the contrast between the Son and angels. In Heb 1 the author stresses the spiritual nature of the angels. In Heb 2, he emphasizes the Son's assuming blood and flesh. The author's Adamic anthropology and corresponding eschatological interpretation of Ps 8 clarify how and why the Son differs from the angels. It also studies the conception of a coming world attested in other texts from the Second Temple period.

Keywords: angels; anthropology; coming world; heaven; Hebrews; high priest; Jesus; second temple period



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