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Title: The Paradox of High Christology in Hebrews 1
Author(s): WENKEL, David H.
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 99    Issue: 3   Date: 2018   
Pages: 431-446
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.99.3.3285370

Abstract :
Commentators have occasionally observed the presence of paradoxes in the Letter to the Hebrews. But the use of paradox has not been recognized as an integral part of the rhetorical techniques used to encourage and challenge the reader. In this essay I argue that paradox is an important rhetorical feature of Hebrews 1,1-14 which elicits an intellectually engaging act of faith on the part of the reader. This act of faith is implicit rather than explicit, but it is required to accept the author’s statements about Christ, God, and the Scriptures.

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