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The Cultic Motif in the Spirituality of the Book of Hebrews

Mellen Biblical Press S. 14

By (author) Darrell J. Pursiful
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st Oct 1993
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 0773423761
ISBN-13: 9780773423763
Barcode No: 9780773423763
Synopsis
This book begins with the assumption that cultus in "Hebrews" is a mode of discourse whereby the author intends to communicate something important about his conceptualization of Christian existence. He is seen to be quite at home with the attitudes and assumptions about ritual common in pre-industrial societies, and the work concludes that the Book of Hebrews was in fact written as a pastoral response to a need for cultic religious expression. Given the supreme importance of cultic religious expression in antiquity, for Christians to find themselves without an external cultus presented a grave crisis of faith. The study examines why cultus boasts such a central role in pre-industrial religion, and then offers some suggestions toward incorporating the cultically-centred spirituality of Hebrews into modern Christian devotion.

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