Covenant and Sacrifice in the Letter to the Hebrews

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Covenant and Sacrifice in the Letter to the Hebrews

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Among the problems which Hebrews poses for interpretation, its use of sacrificial terminology must cause it to seem remote and obscure. Although the recent work of social anthropologists on the nature of religious systems has been applied by Old Testament scholars to the laws and symbols of the Pentateuch this is the first sustained study of Hebrews to take account of these theories. Building on the work of such writers as Mary Douglas, Victor Turner, and Claude Levi-Strauss, Hebrews is approached here as a 'structure of symbols', in which the symbol-system of the Old Testament covenant is re-presented and transposed. Motifs explored by the author include sacred time and space; liminality; the sacrificial function of blood, death, oaths, and blessings; and the narrative traditions of election and exclusion. Dr Dunnill assesses Hebrews, not as an argument, but as an act of symbolic communication expressing the possibility of direct communion with God.

Covenant and Sacrifice in the Letter to the Hebrews by John Dunnill was published by Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing) in January 2010. The ISBN for Covenant and Sacrifice in the Letter to the Hebrews is 9780511554926.

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Page last updated 17th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatOnline resource
PublisherCambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing) (January 2010)
ISBN9780511554926
ISBN-100511554923
Product Code4491668
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