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

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Jesus’ heavenly sacrifice in early Christian reception of Hebrews : a survey. / Moffitt, David M.

In: Journal of Theological Studies, Vol. 68, No. 1, 04.2017, p. 46-71.

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Moffitt, DM 2017, 'Jesus’ heavenly sacrifice in early Christian reception of Hebrews: a survey' Journal of Theological Studies, vol. 68, no. 1, pp. 46-71. DOI: 10.1093/jts/flx085

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Moffitt, D. M. (2017). Jesus’ heavenly sacrifice in early Christian reception of Hebrews: a survey. Journal of Theological Studies, 68(1), 46-71. DOI: 10.1093/jts/flx085

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Moffitt DM. Jesus’ heavenly sacrifice in early Christian reception of Hebrews: a survey. Journal of Theological Studies. 2017 Apr;68(1):46-71. Available from, DOI: 10.1093/jts/flx085

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Moffitt, David M./ Jesus’ heavenly sacrifice in early Christian reception of Hebrews : a survey. In: Journal of Theological Studies. 2017 ; Vol. 68, No. 1. pp. 46-71

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