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‘In the Beginning, Lord…’: The Contribution of Hebrews

Sean M. McDonough

in Christ as Creator

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199576470
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722585 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576470.003.0009
‘In the Beginning, Lord…’: The Contribution of Hebrews

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Hebrews makes an important contribution to the understanding of Christ's role in creation. Despite its Hellenistic flavor, the epistle provides the clearest evidence in the New Testament that the doctrine of Jesus' agency of creation was seen as a direct consequence of his messianic status. The catena of quotations in chapter 1 draws heavily on classic messianic texts, and the remainder of the book illuminates Christ's priestly and covenantal work in light of the messianic psalms. As in Colossians, the creation motif serves primarily to reinforce the unquestionable superiority of Christ, though in Hebrews the emphasis lies on Christ as the definitive Word of God more than as the definitive ruler on God's behalf (though this is not of course excluded).

Keywords: Christ; creation; messianic; Word; Hebrews; Hellenistic; priestly

Chapter.  7881 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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