The purpose of this paper is to conduct an analysis of Thomas Schreiner’s “means of salvation view” of the warning passages in Hebrews. What exactly is Schreiner’s “means of salvation view?” How does this view differ from other interpretations of the warning passages? Is Schreiner’s view shaped and influenced by a certain system of theology? Are there any theological, philosophical, or exegetical problems with this view anticipated by Schreiner or identified by others? What are the pastoral implications of holding to a “means of salvation view” of the warning passages in Hebrews?
The first chapter seeks to define accurately Schreiner’s “means of salvation view” of the warning passages in Hebrews and to clarify that his view is not the same as the radical liberal view of works as a means to salvation. The second chapter compares Schreiner’s “means of salvation view” with other views of the warning passages in Hebrews to show how his view is a novel interpretation. The third chapter looks for Schreiner’s theological, philosophical, and motivational basis for holding such a view. The fourth chapter analyzes and evaluates Schreiner’s “means of salvation view” for any possible theological, philosophical, or exegetical, deficiencies to serve as catalyst for further dialogue and discussion as to the meaning of the warning passages in Hebrews. The fifth chapter addresses some pastoral implications that Schreiner’s “means of salvation view” can have in the church regarding the preaching of the gospel and the gaining of assurance. Finally, the appendix provides an explanation of the writer’s personal view of the warning passages in Hebrews.
|Advisor:||Chay, Fred W.|
|School:||Grace School of Theology|
|School Location:||United States -- Texas, US|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/3(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Biblical studies, Religion, Clergy|
|Keywords:||Ministry, Thomas Schreiner, Hebrews, Salvation|
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