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Faith in Hebrews: Analysis within the Context of Christology,Eschatology,and Ethics

Faith in Hebrews: Analysis within the Context of Christology,Eschatology,and Ethics

by Victor Rhee


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Victor (Sung-Yul) Rhee argues that faith in Hebrews is both Christologically and eschatologically oriented. In response to the assertion that faith in Hebrews is removed from Christ, he contends that the author of Hebrews portrays Jesus as both the model and object of faith. Rhee also maintains that the eschatological outlook in Hebrews is not the Hellenistic concept of visible and invisible reality, but the temporal orientation of present and future. The ethical aspects of faith must be interpreted within the context of Christology and eschatology to have a proper understanding of faith in Hebrews.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820445311
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers
Publication date: 03/28/2001
Series: Studies in Biblical Literature , #19
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

The Author: Victor (Sung-Yul) Rhee is Associate Professor of New Testament Language and Literature at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. He received his Ph.D. in New Testament from Dallas Theological Seminary. He has presented papers at nationally recognized theological meetings and contributed articles in professional journals.

Table of Contents

Editor's Prefacexii
Author's Prefacexiii
1.Background of Faith in Hebrews1
Importance of the Study1
Difficulty of Defining "Faith" in New Testament1
Difficulty in Defining the Concept within Hebrews4
Lack of Comprehensive Treatment6
Method of the Study12
Biblical Theology12
Alternating Structure17
Traditional Method18
Patchwork Method20
Interweaving (Literary) Method23
2.Survey of Different Views29
Different Views29
Ethical View29
Proponents of the View29
Summary and Evaluation of the Ethical View35
Eschatological View39
Proponents of the View39
Characteristics of Faith45
Summary and Evaluation49
Christological View52
Christ as the Model of Faith View52
Christ as the Object of Faith View57
Evaluation of Christological View59
Summary and Conclusion62
3.Relationship between 1:1-14 and 2:1-4: Christ's Divinity and the Exhortation not to Drift Away64
Examination of 1:1-1465
Basis for the Literary Unit65
Christological Teaching66
Examination of 2:1-471
Basis for the Literary Unit71
Faith and Christology72
Exhortation to Pay Closer Attention (2:1)72
The Ground for the Exhortation (2:2-4)75
Summary and Conclusion78
4.Relationship between 2:5-18 and 3:1-4:16: Christ's Humanity and the Exhortation to Enter God's Rest80
Examination of 2:5-1880
Basis for the Literary Unity80
Christological Teaching82
Examination of 3:1-4:1684
Basis for the Literary Unit85
Faith and Christology86
Jesus as the Object of Faith86
Jesus as the Model of Faith94
Characteristics of Faith96
Summary and Conclusion99
5.Relationship between 5:1-10 and 5:11-6:20: A Merciful High Priest and the Exhortation not to Fall Away101
Examination of 5:1-10101
Basis for the Literary Unit102
Christological Teaching103
Qualifications of the Levitical High Priesthood103
Qualifications of Christ's High Priesthood106
Examination of 5:11-6:20108
Basis for the Literary Unit109
Faith and Christology112
Christ as the Object of Faith112
Christ as the Model of Faith126
Summary and Conclusion128
6.Relationship between 7:1-10:18 and 10:19-39: Superior High Priest and the Warning not to Live in Sin130
Examination of the Doctrinal Section (7:1-10:18)131
Basis for the Literary Unit131
Christological Teaching133
The High priest after the Order of Melchizedek (7:1-28)134
High Priest of the New Covenant (8:1-13)141
Comparison of Sacrifices between the two Covenants (9:1-28)144
Perfect Sacrifice of the New High Priest (10:1-18)148
Summary of the Christological Teaching152
Examination of the Parenetic Section (10:19-39)154
Basis for the Literary Unit156
Faith and Christology158
Exhortation to Continue with Faith (10:19-25)159
Consequence of Disloyalty to Christ (10:26-31)167
Exhortation to Persevere in Faith (10:32-39)171
Summary and Conclusion179
7.Relationship between 11:1-40 and 12:1-29: Enduring Faith and Danger of Rejecting God's Word180
Examination of 11:1-40181
Basis for the Literary Unit181
Teachings on Faith182
Middle Section: Interim Comment (11:13-16; H)183
Sarah's Conception and Abraham's Offering up of Isaac (11:11-12; G//11:17-19; G')187
Examples of Faith in the Patriarchal Period (11:8-10; F//11:20-22 F')190
Examples of Faith Seen through Noah and Moses (11:7; E//11:23-29; E')194
Faith Seen from the Principle of Pleasing God (11:6; D//11:30-31; D')203
Examples of Triumphs and Sufferings through Faith (11:4-5; B, C//11:32-38; C', B')206
Introduction and Conclusion (11:1-3; A//11:39-40; A')210
Summary of Chapter 11220
Examination of 12:1-29221
Basis for the Literary Unit221
Faith and Christology223
Exegesis of 12:1-3224
Exegesis of 12:4-13232
Exegesis of 12:14-29235
Summary of 12:1-29241
8.Summary and Conclusion243
Summary of the Chapters243
Chapter One243
Chapter Two243
Chapter Three (1:1-14 and 2:1-4)245
Chapter Four (2:5-18 and 3:1-4:16)246
Chapter Five (5:1-10 and 5:11-6:20)247
Chapter Six (7:1-10:18 and 10:19-39)249
Chapter Seven (11:1-40 and 12:1-29)250
Conclusion and Implications252
Index of Authors274
Index of Subjects276

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