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Cosmology and Eschatology in Hebrews
The Settings of the Sacrifice


Part of Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series

  • Date Published: December 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521883238

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  • Scholars argue over where Hebrews fit in the first century world. Kenneth L. Schenck works towards resolving this question by approaching Hebrews' cosmology and eschatology from a text-orientated perspective. After observing that the key passages in the background debate mostly relate to the 'settings' of the story of salvation history evoked by Hebrews, Schenck attempts to delineate those settings by asking how the 'rhetorical world' of Hebrews engages that underlying narrative. Hebrews largely argue from an eschatology of two ages, which correspond to two covenants. The fresh age has come despite the continuance of some old age elements. The most characteristic elements of Hebrews' settings, however, are its spatial settings, where we find an underlying metaphysical dualism between the highest heaven, which is the domain of spirit, and the created realm, including the created heavens. This creation will be removed at the eschaton, leaving only the unshakeable heaven.

    • A fresh and energetic intervention in the long-running debate over the origins of Hebrews
    • Provides a thorough survey of existing research in this area
    • The cosmos and the end of the world are perennially popular topics
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of the hardback: 'Schenck's study takes seriously the complex thought world of Hebrews and offers readers the possibility of understanding this epistle from a fresh perspective.' The Expository Times

    Review of the hardback: 'Kenneth L. Schenck offers a fresh and innovative investigation into the cosmology and eschatology in Hebrews by focusing on temporal and spatial sequences and by pointing out their relevance for the whole underlying conception.' Thomas J. Kraus, Review of Biblical Literature

    Review of the hardback: 'Schenck does for Hebrews what Richard Hays did for Galatians in his Faith of Jesus Christ, namely, construct the symbolic story that informs the discourse and framed its central issues. … Schenck's treatment of Hebrews is lucid and well worth reading and should be an enduring contribution to studies on Hebrews.' Jason A. Whitlark, Review of Biblical Literature

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521883238
    • length: 234 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The quest for the historical Hebrews
    2. The rhetorical strategy of Hebrews
    Part I. The Settings in Time:
    3. The destiny of humanity
    4. The two ages
    Part II. The Settings in Space:
    5. The spatial dualism of Hebrews
    6. The heavenly tabernacle in Hebrews
    7. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Kenneth L. Schenck, Indiana Wesleyan University

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