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A strong consensus among modern scholars of Hebrews holds that the resurrection of Jesus' human body is ignored or suppressed by the author. The slaughter-presentation structure of Yom Kippur allowed the author to cast Jesus' crucifixion in terms of the great, Jewish atoning sacrifice. When Jesus died, the Son passed through the flesh/ body barrier and entered God's presence like the high priest does on Yom Kippur. This is conclusion chapter of the book, which argues that the Son's exaltation above the angels depends on the assumption that when he ascended, he took his humanity with him into the heavenly realms. It then argues that not only does the author make allusions and references to Jesus' resurrection in the sermon, but the confession of this event stands at the heart of his explanation for how Jesus, the Judahite, became the great high priest he now is (Heb 5-7).

Keywords: angels; crucifixion; God; heavenly realms; Hebrews; high priest; Jesus' resurrection; Jewish atoning sacrifice; Yom Kippur



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