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Die mensbeskoulike en samelewingsteoretiese vertrekpunte van ’n onbekende skrywer, toegespits op Hebreërs 10:38–39

Sarel van der Walt
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 50, No 3 | a2058 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v50i3.2058 | © 2016 Sarel van der Walt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 November 2015 | Published: 29 July 2016

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Sarel van der Walt, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa


The anthropological and theoretical societal views of an unknown author, focusing on Hebrews 10:38–39. This article describes the hypothesis that, regarding his anthropological and societal-theoretical viewpoints, the unknown author of the book Hebrews was not influenced by the thought patterns of the time, but was possibly offering a corrective on the (then) traditional anthropological and societal-theoretical viewpoints. Within the context of the Greco-Hellenistic world and the broad history of revelational lines in the Bible, this article takes as point of departure Hebrews 10:38–39. The article focuses on the question: What were the anthropological and societal-theoretical viewpoints of the unknown author of the book of Hebrews? Firstly, the article focuses on the prevailing perception of the Greek Hellenistic period, especially the known schools of thought during that time. The aim is to briefly describe the anthropological context in which the author of Hebrews wrote. Secondly, the discussion shows how the revelational-historical information in Hebrews offers a corrective on the thought patterns of that time. Thirdly, the article focuses on the way the societal-theoretical point of departure, when confronted with the thought patterns of that time, is illuminated from a correct understanding of the gospel.


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