Skip to content

Research at St Andrews

Jesus’ heavenly sacrifice in early Christian reception of Hebrews: a survey

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

DOI

Author(s)

School/Research organisations

Abstract

Modern readings of Hebrews tend to reduce the text’s language of Jesus’ sacrificial offering to the event of his crucifixion. In a recent book, Atonement and the Logic of Resurrection in the Epistle to the Hebrews, I argue that such a reduction does not adequately account for either the presence or significance of Jesus’ resurrection and bodily ascension for Hebrews’ Christology and soteriology. The book’s claims have rightly raised questions about why Hebrews has not been read this way in the past. This article offers an initial exploration of some early Christian reception of Hebrews. I demonstrate that, while not universal, a variety of texts from the early centuries of Christianity interpret Hebrews’ language of Jesus’ atoning sacrifice as referring to Jesus’ post-resurrection offering of himself to the Father in the heavens. These findings suggest that early Christian reflection on Hebrews, Jesus’ sacrifice, and atonement could approach these interrelated concerns more holistically—that is, orientated toward the full, creedal narrative of the incarnation, than to do some accounts of the atonement that reduce Jesus’ sacrifice to his death on the cross.
Close

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-71
JournalJournal of Theological Studies
Volume68
Issue number1
Early online date20 Apr 2017
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2017

    Research areas

  • Hebrews, Atonement, Patristics, Ascension, Sacrifice

Discover related content
Find related publications, people, projects and more using interactive charts.

View graph of relations

Related by author

  1. Wilderness identity and Pentateuchal narrative: distinguishing between Jesus' inauguration and maintenance of the New Covenant in Hebrews

    Moffitt, D. M. 2017 Muted Voices of the New Testament: Readings in the Catholic Epistles and Hebrews. Hockey, K. M., Pierce, M. N. & Watson, F. (eds.). Bloomsbury T&T Clark, p. 153-172 (Library of New Testament Studies; vol. 565)

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  2. Modelled on Moses: Jesus’ Death, Passover, and the Defeat of the Devil in the Epistle to the Hebrews

    Moffitt, D. M. 2017 Die Idee des Mose : Eine rezeptionsgeschichtliche Betrachtung einer identitätsstiftenden Idee. Niederhofer, V., Eynikel, E. & Sommer, M. (eds.). Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament)

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Related by journal

Related by journal

  1. Journal of Theological Studies (Journal)

    Ivor John Davidson (Reviewer)
    2014

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review of manuscripts

  2. Journal of Theological Studies (Journal)

    Ivor John Davidson (Reviewer)
    2002 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review of manuscripts

ID: 241557905