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Addressing an angelomorphic christological myth in Hebrews?

Gert J. Steyn
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 59, No 4 | a688 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v59i4.688 | © 2003 Gert J. Steyn | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 October 2003 | Published: 27 October 2003

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Gert J. Steyn, Univerisity of Pretoria, South Africa

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In this article, the hypothesis of a possible angelomorphic christology, as addressed by the author of Hebrews, is investigated. It is argued that when Jesus was proclaimed as “Son of God”, he was probably identified by some of the early believers as an angel. Evidence of similar angelomorphic views held by certain groups in Jewish and early Christian apocalyptic circles at the time of the composition of Hebrews, is listed. The arguments in Hebrews 1 in particular are investigated against this background. It is concluded that, although no explicit polemic against a viewpoint of Jesus as an angel is found in the text, certain angelomorphic elements were applied to him.

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