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Leviticus in Hebrews

A Transtextual Analysis of the Tabernacle Theme in the Letter to the Hebrews

Mayjee Philip

Scholarly consensus on the relationship of the Letter to the Hebrews to the Old Testament is far from universal or uniform. This book aims to address this area in Hebrews scholarship, which is lacking a critical account of the dependence of Hebrews on the Old Testament, especially Leviticus, in constructing a meaningful text. The book examines how the author of Hebrews uses the textual levitical tabernacle theme to construct the central motif of the heavenly tabernacle in Hebrews. In analysing the ways in which Hebrews relates to the Old Testament, the author makes use of literary theorist Gérard Genette’s concepts of transtextuality and transformation. These concepts help set in relief the variegated textual relationships Hebrews has with the Old Testament in general, and Leviticus in particular, and the transformations that are central to constituting meaning in Hebrews.


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Contents Abbreviations vii Chapter 1 Introduction 1 Chapter 2 The Tabernacle in Leviticus 23 Chapter 3 The Tabernacle in Hebrews 47 Chapter 4 Transtextuality 63 Chapter 5 Old Questions – New Answers? 81 Appendix i Use of Select OT Themes in Barnabas 103 Appendix ii A Critique of Julia Kristeva’s Intertextuality 109 Appendix iii Theological and Sociological Terminology 113 vi Appendix iv Transtextuality in Hebrews 121 Bibliography 165 Index of Subjects and Authors 181

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