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The unfolding of God’s revelation in Hebrews 1:1–2a

Albert Coetsee
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 3 | a3221 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i3.3221 | © 2016 Albert Coetsee | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 October 2015 | Published: 24 June 2016

About the author(s)

Albert Coetsee, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, School for Ancient Language and Text Studies, South Africa


In the introduction to his sermon, the writer of Hebrews suggests that God’s revelation unfolded from his so-called ‘Old Testament’ revelation to his ‘New Testament’ revelation in his Son (Heb. 1:1–2a). By doing a thorough exegesis of Hebrews 1:1–2a, the author’s view of such an unfolding revelation is confirmed. From this conclusion, certain hermeneutical implications of the unfolding of God’s revelation are drawn for believers and scholars today. Among others, it is determined that God’s revelation is progressive, that his revelation in his Son is superior, climactic and final, and that God’s final revelation in his Son can only be understood within the context of his Old Testament revelation, and vice versa.

Keywords: Hebrews; Hebrews 1:1-2a; unfolding; revelation; hermeneutics


Hebrews; Hebrews 1:1-2a; unfolding; revelation; hermeneutics


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