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VENTER, C.J.H.. Pastoral elements in Hebrews. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2010, vol.44, n.1, pp.137-158. ISSN 2305-0853.

In this article the letter to the Hebrews is scrutinised in order to investigate possible elements that can be applied in pastoral care and ministering. After indicating certain expressions used for different nuances of proclaiming in Hebrews, the expression "parakalein" as central concept for pastoral care will be focused on. The spectrum of the ensuing research includes aspects like the great High Priest's purification of sin as foundation for pastoral care, and sympathy and empathy in the work of the great High Priest. Furthermore, viewpoints on the following are given: a pastoral relationship, the Hebrew term, "therapon", as specific expression for a caring minister; the instruction to the members of the congregation to be pastors for one another; spirituality, and possible indications of the meaning of suffering. Finally the pastoral elements of faith, hope and perseverance are discussed. In conclusion a summary of the most important pastoral elemens is given.

Keywords : faith (meaning of in Hebrews); Hebrews; Great Highpriest; perseverance; spirituality; meaning of suffering.

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