Angela Costley

Creation and Christ

An Exploration of the Topic of Creation in the Epistle to the Hebrews

[Schöpfung und Christus. Eine Untersuchung des Schöpfungsthemas im Hebräerbrief.]

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In this volume, Angela Costley looks at the theme of creation in the Epistle to the Hebrews. She examines how references to the creation of the world are used by the author of Hebrews to depict Jesus as the creator God who descends to earth to redeem humanity and lead them to heaven.
The Epistle to the Hebrews is usually associated with its theology of Christ the High Priest. However, the term »high priest« is not so common in the first four chapters of Hebrews, occurring only four times with a further reference to sacrifice in 1:3. Rather than emphasising the priestly or sacrificial activity of Christ, these opening sections contain a number of references to creation: 1:2–3,10–12, 2:5–9, 10; 3:1–6; 4:3–4 and 4:9–10. In this volume, Angela Costley uses discourse analysis to explore the importance of the topic of creation to the discourse of the Epistle to the Hebrews, uncovering a close link between creation and salvation. She highlights the interaction of the topic of creation with the topic of salvation in the discourse to uncover a depiction of Christ as the creator who descends to take on human flesh, God who becomes human, in order to lead humanity heavenward.

Angela Costley Born 1984; 2005 BA Hons in Theology, 2008 PG Cert in the Theory of Education from Durham University; 2011 MSt in Jewish Studies from the University of Oxford; 2018 PhD from St. Patrick's College, the Pontifical University, Maynooth.


The following reviews are known:

In: New Testament Abstracts — 65 (2021), p. 301
In: Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society — 64 (2021), pp. 838–841 (Radu Gheorghita)
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 146 (2021), pp. 1055–1057 (Wolfgang Kraus)
In: Review of Biblical Literature — (11/2021) (Bryan R. Dyer)