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Hebrews is often described as the riddle of the New Testament. Among the Epistle's most often noted peculiarities stands the apparent absence of significant reference to the resurrection of Jesus. In view of the rest of the New Testament documents, the importance of the proclamation of Jesus' resurrection in other elements of the early Christian movement, and the long tradition of linking Hebrews with Paul, the strange sound of the author's silence regarding Jesus' resurrection demands the question: why? This introductory chapter of the book, which addresses the question: what is the status of Jesus' resurrection in Hebrews? It also addresses the interrelated notions of Jesus' high priesthood and atoning work in Hebrews. This book establishes that the kinds of concerns underlying the author's arguments regarding Jesus' entry into heaven cohere with those seen in Jewish apocalyptic ascension accounts from the Second Temple period.

Keywords: atoning; heaven; Hebrews; Jesus' Resurrection; Jewish apocalyptic; New Testament; Paul; priesthood; second temple period



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