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Jesus’ Resurrection, Ascension, And Heavenly High Priesthood In Hebrews

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This chapter argues that the author can envision the Son's human body entering and dwelling in heaven because he believes that Jesus rose again from the dead. It suggests that Jesus' resurrection marks the point at which he came into possession of this glorified humanity - a human body fit to enter heaven and dwell in God's presence. With that glorified blood and flesh he ascended into heaven where he not only reigns, but also serves as the great high priest. Firstly, the chapter examines some relevant Second Temple and early Jewish traditions concerning human ascents into heaven. Secondly, it addresses the relative silence in Hebrews regarding Jesus' resurrection. It examines explicit and implicit references both to resurrection in general and to Jesus' resurrection in particular. Thirdly, it explicates the logical importance of the assumption of Jesus' resurrection for the high-priestly Christology presented by the author.

Keywords: ascension; Christology; glorified; God's presence; heaven; Hebrews; high Priest; Jesus' resurrection; Jewish traditions; second temple



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