Thursday, October 11, 2012

Hebrews 5.1-10

"The structure of the author's exposition may be depicted as follows: *

A  The old office of high priest  (v.1)
          B  The sacrifice offered by the high priest (v.1)
                    C  The weakness of the high priest (vv. 2-3)
                              D  The appointment of the high priest (v.4)
                              D' The appointment of Christ, the new priest (vv.5-6)
                    C' The suffering of the new priest (vv.7-8)
         B' The sacrificial provision on the new priest (v.9)
A' The new office of high priest (v.10)

This type of structure is called a chiamus and was used by the ancients for both rhetorical effect and mnemonic purposes."

* The following is based roughly on Lane, Hebrews 1-8, p. 111 

Guthrie, George H. Hebrews: From Biblical Text... to Contemporary Life. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1998. Print. p. 192

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