Concordia Theological Monthly

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rhetorical, hebrews, interrogative, terminology

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


It is usually recognized that the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews is presenting an argument for the superiority of Christianity to the religion of the Old Covenant and that he bases this argument on the comparison of the Son of God with the angels and with Moses, on the comparison of the new high priest with the priests of old, and on the comparison of the sanctuary and the sacrifice of the New Covenant with those of the Old. It is furthermore agreed that he uses means of rhetoric to get his point across. Thus Michel says: "In the letter to the Hebrews we have before us the first sermon whose author knew and imported into Christianity all the techniques of ancient rhetoric and all its speech forms." However, I have not been able to find a detailed analysis of these rhetorical means and style forms or an investigation of the author's reasoning in detail. This article is intended to show several style forms used by the author and to describe their purpose in the context of the epistle.


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Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Hebrews 2:1; Hebrews 2:10; Hebrews 2:17; Hebrews 5:12; Hebrews 9:16; Hebrews 9:23; Hebrews 5:3; Hebrews 8:3;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars