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HTS Theological Studies

versión On-line ISSN 2072-8050
versión impresa ISSN 0259-9422


VAN ZYL, H.C.(Hermie). The contextual function of Hebrews 13:8. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2015, vol.71, n.1, pp.01-12. ISSN 2072-8050.

In this article the contextual function of Hebrews 13:8 is investigated. This verse is rather enigmatic as regards its meaning and contextual function. Scholars usually find that verse 8 combines with the immediately preceding and following verses, that is, verses 7 and 9, but the rest of the chapter is seldom brought into play. This article attempts to address this deficiency. It is proposed that verse 8 plays the following role in Chapter 13: It supports the teaching and life of the spiritual leaders, counteracts false teachings, provides stability for the readers' pilgrimage in this life, and serves as the Christological basis of the community's worship.

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