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Nicholas J. Moore

Repetition in Hebrews

Plurality and Singularity in the Letter to the Hebrews, Its Ancient Context, and the Early Church

[Wiederholungen im Hebräerbrief. Pluralität und Singularität im Brief an die Hebräer, in seinem antiken Kontext und in der frühen Kirche.]

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The Letter to the Hebrews lies at the heart of a tradition that views repetition as a uniformly negative phenomenon. Nicholas Moore argues that repetition in fact has a variety of functions in the letter, including an essential role in the believer's appropriation of the eternally valid work of Christ.
Repetition has had a chequered and often negative reception in Christian history, especially in connection with ritual and liturgy, and the Letter to the Hebrews lies at the heart of this contested understanding. Nicholas Moore shows that repetition in Hebrews does not operate in uniform contrast to the once-for-all death of Christ but rather functions in a variety of ways, many of them constructive. The singularity of the Christ event is elucidated with reference to the once-yearly Day of Atonement to express all-surpassing theological sufficiency, and repetition can contrast or coexist with this unique event. In particular, Moore argues that the daily Levitical sacrifices foreshadow the Christian's continual access to and worship of God. This reappraisal of repetition in Hebrews lays foundations for renewed appreciation of repetition's importance for theological discourse and religious life.

Nicholas J. Moore Born 1984; 2014 DPhil (Oxon); 2014–17 Assistant Curate, All Saints' Church, Stranton, Hartlepool; since 2017 Tutor, Cranmer Hall, St John's College, Durham.


The following reviews are known:

In: Bulletin for Biblical Research — 28.2 (2018), S. 335–338 (Brian C. Small)
In: New Testament Abstracts — 59 (2015), S. 562–563
In: Journal for the Study of the NT — 38.5 (2016), S. 96 (Susan E. Docherty)
In: Review of Biblical Literature — (2/2017) (Amy Peeler)
In: Religious Studies Review — 43 (2017), S. 408–409 (Alan C. Mitchell)
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 142 (2017), S. 910–912 (David M. Moffitt)