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6 Conclusion

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In recent years a growing number of scholars have recognized that Hebrews assumes a particular story world behind its discourse. Some studies have employed the tools of literary criticism in their analysis of Hebrews, but surprisingly little has been done to analyze Jesus as one of the major characters in this story world. Despite the apparent use of characterization techniques in ancient literature, it seems that ancient theories of characterization were not highly developed as evidenced by the works of Aristotle's Poetics and Horace's Ars Poetica. The author of Hebrews uses numerous titles which reveal various aspects of Jesus' character. Most importantly, the author gives a great deal of attention to Jesus' words and deeds since these things best disclose Jesus' character. The author also uses the rhetorical device of amplification, particularly in reference to the selflessness of Jesus' self-sacrifice and the beneficence and permanent efficacy of his salvific death.

Keywords: Aristotle; Hebrews; Jesus; literary criticism



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