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5 The Role and Significance of the Characterization of Jesus in the Argument of Hebrews

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This chapter begins with a sequential reading of the book of Hebrews, and examines how the author's developing portrait of Jesus is important for the unfolding of his argument. It draws out the implications for the argument of the book, noting particularly the benefits that Jesus' character brings to believers and the obligations that it requires from them. In the opening synkrisis between Jesus and the prophets, the author compares four different aspects of God's revelation. Having looked at the role of the characterization of Jesus within the argument of Hebrews, the chapter concludes with an examination of the significance of the character of Jesus for his followers. Jesus' character is important for two basic reasons: (1) it produces many benefits for his followers; and (2) it induces certain obligations from his followers.

Keywords: book of Hebrews; Jesus; prophets; synkrisis



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