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The Trinity in the Letters of St Paul and Hebrews

C. Kavin Rowe

in The Oxford Handbook of the Trinity

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199557813
Published online January 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199557813.003.0004

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

The Trinity in the Letters of St Paul and Hebrews

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This article examines the concept of Trinity in the Book of Hebrews and Pauline epistles in the New Testament. Rather than seeking “proof-texts” or studying the implications of particular words as applied to Jesus, this article suggests that the narrative fabric of the books sets forth an idiom, a grammar, or logic, that can only be rightly interpreted through Trinitarian conceptions. It suggests that attending carefully to the linguistic pattern of the texts' speech about God requires us to look behind the actual arguments of the texts to the theological judgements that make such language possible and that the sense that the New Testament language makes depends upon a larger pattern of theological judgements.

Keywords: Trinity; Book of Hebrews; Pauline epistles; New Testament; Jesus; narrative fabric; linguistic pattern; God; theological judgements

Article.  7146 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity ; Religious Studies ; Philosophy of Religion

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