By Benjamin J. Ribbens
This monograph examines Hebrews realizing of the connection among outdated covenant sacrifices and Christ s new covenant sacrifice, in particular because it pertains to the query of efficacy. so much students imagine the writer of Hebrews strips the levitical sacrifices of such a lot, if now not all, efficacy, yet this paintings affirms a extra confident depiction of the levitical sacrifices. a paranormal apocalyptic culture stands in the back of Hebrews description of the heavenly cult, which establishes the framework for concerning the levitical sacrifice to Christ s sacrifice. The earthly, levitical cult was once efficacious whilst it corresponded to or synchronized with the heavenly sacrifice of Christ. nonetheless, the writer of Hebrews develops the idea of the heavenly cult in distinct methods, as Christ s sacrifice either validates the earthly perform but in addition, as a result of his new covenant theology, demands its finish. Ribbens daring inspiration joins more and more students that position Hebrews within the mystical apocalyptic culture, highlights confident statements in Hebrews with regards to the efficacy of levitical sacrifices which are frequently missed, and is determined by the heavenly cult to reconcile the confident and damaging descriptions of the levitical cult."
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Purification: Josephus identifies sacrifice as one of the purifications (ἁγνεία; esp. Ant. 224, 273) and considers sacrifice one of the means by which Moses purified (ἁγνίζειν) the tribe of Levi for their priestly ministry (Ant. 258; cf. 205). Further, the Testament of Job states that sacrifices remove and cleanse (καθαρίζειν) lawlessness (T. Job 43:4, 17). 3 Importance of Internal Dispositions: Prophets Second Temple texts also develop the cultic statements found in the prophets. While the prophetic statements are often identified as criticisms of the cult, they are not so much critical of the cult as that they call for a correspondence between the internal dispositions of the person offering the sacrifice and the significance of the external ritual.
All scholars, based on their own beliefs about God and revelation, have their own opinions on whether typology can be retrospective or prospective, and the debates over this issue are rigorous and dogmatic. Therefore, we must at this juncture reiterate that the purpose of this study is not a defense of a type of typology; instead, the focus is on Hebrews’s view of the relationship between old and new covenant sacrifices. If Hebrews depicts the relationship between old and new covenant sacrifices typologically, is its typological understanding retrospective or prospective?
Roger T. Beckwith and Martin J. Selman (Carlisle, UK: Paternoster, ), – ; Di Giovambattista, Giorno dell’espiazione, ; Kim, Polemic in Hebrews, – ; Joslin, Law, esp. – ; Schreiner, New Testament Theology, – ; O’Brien, Hebrews, – ; Gareth Lee Cockerill, The Epistle to the Hebrews, NICNT (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, ), – ; cf. Stephen R. Holmes, “Death in the Afternoon: Hebrews, Sacrifice, and Soteriology,” in The Epistle to the Hebrews and Christian Theology, ed.
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