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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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Abbreviations AUSS Andrews University Seminary Studies Bib Biblica BibInt Biblical Interpretation CTQ Concordia Theological Quarterly ExpTim Expository Times HTR Harvard Theological Review Int Interpretation JAAR Journal of the American Academy of Religion JBL Journal of Biblical Literature JECS Journal of Early Christian Studies JNES Journal of Near Eastern Studies JQR Jewish Quarterly Review JRH Journal of Religious History JSNT Journal for the Study of the New Testament JSNTSS Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement Series JSOT Journal for the Study of the Old Testament JTS Journal of Theological Studies LTJ Lutheran Theological Journal NTS New Testament Studies NovT Novum Testamentum Palimpsests Palimpsests: Literature in the Second Degree QL Qumran Literature viii Abbreviations RevExp Review and Expositor SNTSMS Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series SwJT Southwestern Journal of Theology VT Vetus Testamentum WBC Word Biblical Commentary ZAW Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft

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