Original Research - Special Collection: Historical Thought and Source Interpretation

How the use of the Septuagint influences the theologies of Acts 2 and Hebrews 1

Peter Nagel
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 77, No 1 | a6879 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v77i1.6879 | © 2021 Peter Nagel | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 May 2021 | Published: 09 September 2021

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Peter Nagel, Department of Old and New Testament, Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa


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Abstract

Greek versions of the Hebrew Scriptures were available to those who wanted to interpret them in light of the Jesus movement, and in relation to first century Judaism. These interpreters had a reasonable amount of freedom to use any of the exegetical methods at their disposal and to approach it from an array of hermeneutical possibilities. This was most certainly the case for the authors of Luke-Acts and Hebrews. The interest with this study is in the discrepancies, peculiarities and inconsistencies of the comparative propositions offered by the oration in Acts 2 and Hebrews 1, and whether they produce independent, alternative theologies.

Contribution: To this end, the study aims to determine to what extent the Greek Old Testament (LXX) contributes to the theologies produced in these two passages.

Keywords

Hebrews 1; Acts 2; theology; Old Testament citations; prophecy; divine speech; memory; the Son

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