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Title: Constructing 'Janus-Faced' Exhortations
Subtitle: The Use of Old Testament Narratives in Heb 13,1-8
Author(s): ALLEN, David
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 89    Issue: 3   Date: 2008   
Pages: 401-409
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.89.3.3188961

Abstract :
Whilst the scholarly consensus now concurs that Hebrews 13 forms part of the original text, the way in which it interacts with, or relates to, the previous chapters, remains a matter for debate. This paper establishes the relationship in terms of the use of the OT, particularly the way in which Hebrews 13 appropriates narratives from OT figures already discussed in chapters 1-12, thereby (re-)using them for its ethical discourse. Where the bulk of the letter (i.e. Hebrews 1-12) casts the OT protagonists as looking forwards to perfection under Christ, Heb 13,1-8 exhorts its readers to look backwards and learn from the model (or otherwise) behaviour of these same OT figures.

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