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ΕΡΗΑΡΑΧ: The One and the Many in Hebrews

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 September 2007

JAMES W. THOMPSON
Affiliation:
Abilene Christian University, ACU Box 29422, Abilene, Texas 79699–9422, USA

Abstract

A consistent feature of the argument of Hebrews is the claim that Christ offered himself ‘once for all’, which the author develops with the qualitative distinction between the one and the many priests (7.23–28) and sacrifices (9.23–10.18). In placing this distinction of the one and the many within the metaphysical dualism of the two spheres of reality, the author reflects assumptions that are also present in the claim of both Philo and Plutarch that the deity is above the principle of multiplicity (Philo Spec. III.180; Abr. 122; Leg. II.2; Deus 82; Plutarch E. Delph. 393e).

Type
Research Article
Copyright
© 2007 Cambridge University Press

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