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Jesus’ Resurrection Life And Hebrews’ Christological And Soteriological Appropriation Of Yom Kippur

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This chapter addresses the central reasons why the presence of Jesus' bodily resurrection in Hebrews has been downplayed by mordern interpreters. It examines points in Hebrews where author speaks plainly about where Jesus presented his sacrifice and his depictions of Jesus' offering. It argues that the Tendenz among modern interpreters to spiritualize these terms by appealing to Jesus' death as the event that holds them together misconstrues the author's account. To help establish this point it looks at the ways blood sacrifice, and that of Yom Kippur in particular, function in the Levitical system. The chapter argues that the writer of Hebrews thinks in terms of Jesus' presenting his blood - his life - before God in heaven. Once the offering of his life was accepted, he was invited to take the throne. Thus, Jesus' resurrection can be seen to inform the logic that unifies the high-priestly Christology, soteriology, and parenesis in the homily.

Keywords: Christology; God; heaven; Hebrews; Jesus' resurrection; levitical system; life; sacrifice; soteriology; Yom Kippur



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