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Going Outside the Camp: The Sociological Function of the Levitical Critique in the Epistle to the Hebrews

Going Outside the Camp: The Sociological Function of the Levitical Critique in the Epistle to the Hebrews

Richard W. Johnson

| Sheffield Academic Press | 2001

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Johnson’s study of Hebrews is unusual in adopting a social-scientific analysis. He examines the implicit sociological data in the Epistle to the Hebrews, and locates the implied society within the context of the larger Graeco-Roman world. From this he concludes that the author of Hebrews advocates an ideal society that is both more open to outsiders and more willing to assimilate fully new members than was first-century CE Hellenistic Judaism.

Richard Johnson is Assistant Professor of Religion, Charleston Southern University, Charleston, South Carolina, USA.