The author of Hebrews is concerned that the persecution of a spiritually immature and discouraged Christian community may cause them to relinquish their mission and lose certain rewards inherent to obedience. He argues that God swears an oath in Psalm 2 and Psalm 110 in order to assure his people of the certainty of his promises (Heb. 6:13–20). He demonstrates that specific elements of the divine oath have been fulfilled in Jesus Christ, guaranteeing the eventual consummation of the inaugurated promises of this oath and providing certain benefits that enable Christians to fulfill their divinely appointed mission. These embattled saints can endure attacks from their enemies because Jesus Christ is the anointed king who will utterly defeat his enemies, and he is the promised priest after the order of Melchizedek who grants direct access to his heavenly throne for the power to persevere faithfully in the last days. Therefore, the thesis is that the author of Hebrews views Psalm 2 and Psalm 110 as oaths of God, reassures his audience by proving that God is bringing to completion all the elements of his oaths, and encourages them to take advantage of the benefits provided by God’s oaths.
|Advisor:||Lanier, David E.|
|Commitee:||Allen, David L., Kellum, Scott|
|School:||Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary|
|Department:||Department of Graduate Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- North Carolina|
|Source:||DAI-A 78/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religion, Biblical studies, Theology|
|Keywords:||Hebrews, King, Oath, Priest, Psalm 110, Psalm 2|
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