Abemath, David
March 2004
DavarLogos;2004, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p23
Academic Journal
The first five verses of the Epistle to the Hebrews, which convey a very high Christology, begin with the assertion that God has spoken through his Son in a way that supersedes all the other ways he spoke to his people in the past. Much of the subsequent hortatory material in the epistle follows from this assertion. The author's citation of Psalm 2 establishes the authority of the divine son based on his resurrection from the dead. The title "Son of God" can have several possible senses, not only to the first century Jewish readers of this Epistle and what they may have expected of the Son/Messiah, and how he might fulfill the oracle in Psalm 2, but also to Christians today who interpret these verses in the light of the Nicene and Chalcedonian formulas. The issue of Christ's divine sonship is relevant also in the field of contemporary Bible translation, where concern over the reaction of Muslims to the doctrine of Christ's sonship has led some Bible translators to consider modifying the phrase "Son of God", a practice which should be avoided.


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