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No One Better

Essays in Honour of Dr. Norman H. Young

Edited By Kayle B. de Waal and Robert K. McIver

In honour of the work and legacy of Norman H. Young, this compilation of essays covers a range of topics on the Old Testament, New Testament, mission, sociology of religion, identity, and church history. The Old Testament essays include typological readings of Esther, the goodness of God, and the centrality of the cross in understanding all of Scripture. The New Testament essays reflect research in the Gospel of Matthew, the Epistle to the Hebrews, and the book of Revelation, offering new insight into the interpretation of the Apocalypse. Additional essays provide focus on mission, identity, and sociology of religion. This cutting-edge collection breaks fresh ground in research and analysis, bringing the latest scholarship to bear on each chosen topic.
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H. ROSS COLE1

Avondale Seminary

Hebrews is intent on demonstrating that Jesus is the best. This thesis is sustained by a process of elimination, showing how he is better than all other alternatives. He has become better than the angels just as his name he has inherited is better than theirs (Heb 1:4). His priesthood after the order of Melchizedek establishes a better hope (7:19) and he is guarantor of a better covenant (7:22; 8:6) in a greater tabernacle (9:11) with better sacrifices (9:22) and a better country and city (11:35, 40). Even Moses is inferior to Jesus. Moses is the building and a servant while Jesus is the builder and Son (3:3–6).2

The purpose of the author of Hebrews is polemical and practical. The first readers must not lose faith in the Son (Heb 2:1–3; 6:4–6). The Old Testament understanding of what is good, better, and best is not explored in depth. It is simply assumed. This paper seeks to fill in what may therefore be lacunae two thousand years later. It examines the Old Testament use of the Hebrew root bwj (“good”) as listed in The Englishman’s Hebrew and Chaldee Concordance of the Old Testament.3 We will survey the Old Testament picture of goodness under five headings: The Things That Are Good; The Goodness of God; The Relativity of Different Goods; Goodness as Righteous Behaviour; and...

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