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Legitimation in the Letter to the Hebrews: The Construction and Maintenance of a Symbolic Universe
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Legitimation in the Letter to the Hebrews: The Construction and Maintenance of a Symbolic Universe

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Sheffield Academic Press 2002

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Overview

This book adopts an inter-disciplinary approach to the study of the theology, symbolism and argument of Hebrews. Employing sociological models, the book examines Hebrews in the context of the early Christians' construction and maintenance of a social world. In that respect, the book elaborates the thesis that Hebrews was designed to serve a legitimating function in the realm of social interaction. Its theology, symbolism and argument were designed to construct and maintain the symbolic universe of the community of the readers. It is argued that we cannot properly understand the theology, symbolism and argument of Hebrews apart from its first-century context.

Contents

  • Theory and Methodology
  • The Search for a Solution to the Problem of the Socio-Historical Situation of the Readers
  • The Community of Hebrew as a Sect: Legitmating the Seperation of a Sect from a Church
  • The Doctrine of the Impossibility of a Second Repentance: A Conceptual Construct for the Maintenance of the Symbolic Universe of the Community of Hebrews
  • The Superiority/Inferiority Dialectic in Hebrews: A Conceptual Construct for the Maintenance of a Social World

Product Details

  • Title: Legitimation in the Letter to the Hebrews: The Construction and Maintenance of a Symbolic Universe
  • Author: Iutisone Salevao
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 456

About Iutisone Salevao

Iutisone Salevao is Honorary Lecturer at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

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