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Religions 2019, 10(1), 47; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10010047

The Unique Sacrifice of Christ According to Hebrews 9: A Study in Theological Creativity

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Department of Comparative Cultural Studies, Religious Studies Program, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-5020, USA
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St. Andrew’s College, Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W3, Canada
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Received: 6 November 2018 / Revised: 7 January 2019 / Accepted: 9 January 2019 / Published: 12 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sacrifice and Religion)
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The letter to the Hebrews develops a distinct christological and soteriological concept of Jesus as both high priest and unique sacrifice once and for all. In doing so, Hebrews remains largely faithful to cult traditions of Second Temple Judaism. Especially the concept of Jesus as sacrifice is, however, theologically creative and innovative. The present essay explores these dynamic developments and discusses how they led early Christianity to ultimately abandon the temple cult. View Full-Text
Keywords: Jesus; Christology; soteriology; sacrifice; creativity; metaphor; Second Temple Judaism; early Christianity; letter to the Hebrews Jesus; Christology; soteriology; sacrifice; creativity; metaphor; Second Temple Judaism; early Christianity; letter to the Hebrews
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Eberhart, C.A.; Schweitzer, D. The Unique Sacrifice of Christ According to Hebrews 9: A Study in Theological Creativity. Religions 2019, 10, 47.

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