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In die Skriflig

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RAMANTSWANA, Hulisani. Mount Sinai and Mount Zion: Discontinuity and continuity in the book of Hebrews. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2013, vol.47, n.1, pp. 132-140. ISSN 1018-6441.

The author of Hebrews draws significant contrasts between Mount Sinai and Mount Zion which both played a major role in the old covenant. For the author of Hebrews the former mountain, Mount Sinai, only had limited significance with respect to the new covenant, whereas the latter mountain, Mount Zion, continued to have significance in the new covenant. Mount Zion was viewed as a shadow of the heavenly reality, which is the true destination for the pilgrimage community. Mount Sinai as the locus of encounter or meeting between God and Israel only played a transitory role, whereas Mount Zion had perpetual significance as the destination, the dwelling place of God and his people.

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