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Title: The structure of Hebrews 1,1-3,6
Authors: Swetnam, James
Keywords: Bible. Hebrews -- Commentaries
Bible. Hebrews -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Bible. Epistles
Issue Date: 1992
Publisher: University of Malta. Faculty of Theology
Citation: Swetnam, J. (1992). The structure of Hebrews 1,1-3,6. Melita Theologica, 43(2), 58-66.
Abstract: Among the many challenges offered interpreters by the Epistle to the Hebrews, the structure is far from being the easiest to confront. One has only to consult three of the most recent commentaries to become aware of the matter. The present article concentrates on the crucial initial chapters of the epistle - crucial, because they establish the perspectives for everything which follows. A key passage from the standpoint of discovery (''via inventionis") with regard to Heb 1,1- 3,6 is Heb 3,1-6, at least at the present stage of research on the epistle. For this passage is often regarded as exposition which faces forward. But the vocabulary points rather to paraenesis building on what has preceded: hothen, adelphoi hagioi (the first time the author speaks directly to the addressees), the use of the imperative katanoesate with direct reference again to the addressees.
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