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The Structure of Hebrews

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Distinguishing between the forms and purposes of expositional and hortatory units in a text has long been a basic aspect of New Testament exegesis and interpretation. The exposition found in Hebrew 1:5-2:18 revolves around the contrast between the Son and the angels. The expositional units of Hebrews fall into two primary embedded discourses: the first dealing with "The Position of the Son in Relation to the Angels", and the second "The Position of the Son, Our High Priest, in Relation to the Earthly Sacrificial System". For the author of Hebrews the movement from one point in the expositional argument to the next is more than merely spatially oriented. The expositional units in Hebrews develop step-by-step, both spatially and logically. The example list of Hebrews 11 functions to provide the audience with overwhelming evidence that along the path of faith lies commendation.

Keywords: angels; expositional units; Hebrews; New Testament



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