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Title: La fede degli uomini e la singolare relazione filiale di Gesù con Dio nell’Epistola agli Ebrei
Author(s): MANZI, Franco
Volume: 81 Issue: 1 Date: 2000
The results of this specifically exegetical study on the Epistle to the Hebrews in the first place go against a tendency to interpret in an intellectualistic vein the passages dealing with human faith. For the Epistle, in fact, while faith does have a cognitive aspect, it is above all characterised by eschatological tension, and involves a participation, mediated by Christ, of the whole human person in divine life. In the second place, the study distances itself from prejudicial attempts at assimilating the filial relationship that exists between Jesus Christ and the Father to the mere faith that Christians have in God. On the basis of the Epistle’s repeated affirmation of the Son of God’s having, fully sin, assumed fully truly human nature, apart from sin, it is possible to undertake a comparative examination of the characteristics proper to these two relationships. The outcome is to bring out how the unique relationship of Jesus to the Father is marked by his reverence towards God, his obedience to God and his constancy in maintaining the relationship. However, these characteristics are also those of the faith of men, even though that faith remains founded solely on the fact of Christ himself being worthy of trust.