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Repetition in Hebrews: Plurality and Singularity in the Letter to the Hebrews, Its Ancient Context, and the Early Church
Moore, Nicholas

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015 pp. xiii + 276. €84.00

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Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 2/388


Description: Repetition has had a chequered and often negative reception in Christian history, especially in connection with ritual and liturgy, and the Letter to the Hebrews lies at the heart of this contested understanding. Nicholas Moore shows that repetition in Hebrews does not operate in uniform contrast to the once-for-all death of Christ but rather functions in a variety of ways, many of them constructive. The singularity of the Christ event is elucidated with reference to the once-yearly Day of Atonement to express all-surpassing theological sufficiency, and repetition can contrast or coexist with this unique event. In particular, Moore argues that the daily Levitical sacrifices foreshadow the Christian's continual access to and worship of God. This reappraisal of repetition in Hebrews lays foundations for renewed appreciation of repetition's importance for theological discourse and religious life.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Hebrews and Catholic Epistles, Hebrews, Greco-Roman Literature, Literature, Methods, Theological Approaches, Dead Sea Scrolls

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Review by Amy Peeler
Published 2/16/2017
Citation: Amy Peeler, review of Nicholas Moore, Repetition in Hebrews: Plurality and Singularity in the Letter to the Hebrews, Its Ancient Context, and the Early Church, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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