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Bibil Identifier bibil:222496
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Warning against Idolatry: An Intertextual Examination of Septuagintal Warnings in Hebrews
Author Whitlark, Jason
Journal Journal for the Study of the New Testament (Volume: 34, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 382-401 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The Letter to ‘the Hebrews’ is concerned with the ultimate allegiance of its Christian audience. Scholarship on Hebrews, however, is not unanimous regarding the nature of the pressures and temptations which endangered that allegiance. An intertextual examination of many of the septuagintal quotations and allusions used in the warnings against infidelity in Hebrews can provide a fresh perspective on this debate. These quotations and images from the Septuagint draw upon texts that warn against idolatry. Jewish and Christian polemic against idolatry was typically employed to resist compromise with the pagan milieu. This article will argue that by employing these septuagintal texts against idolatry, the author of Hebrews is fortifying his audience against assimilating to its pagan context.
DOI 10.1177/0142064X12443032
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Epistle to the Hebrews
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Idolatry
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