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Allegory Transformed: The Appropriation of Philonic Hermeneutics in the Letter to the Hebrews (Stefan Nordgaard Svendsen) Paperback Book, (Mohr Siebeck, 2009) 9783161499685
Allegory Transformed: The Appropriation of Philonic Hermeneutics in the Letter to the Hebrews (Stefan Nordgaard Svendsen) Paperback Book, (Mohr Siebeck, 2009) 9783161499685
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Title: Allegory Transformed: The Appropriation of Philonic Hermeneutics in the Letter to the Hebrews

Author: Svendsen, Stefan Nordgaar

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck; Publication Date: 2009

Paperback; ISBN: 9783161499685

Volumes: 1; Pages: 290

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Scholars have long discussed whether the writer of Hebrews might have been influenced by Philo of Alexandria. In spite of any disagreement, though, academics have almost universally concurred that even if bits and pieces of Philo's thinking should have filtered through to Hebrews, Philo and Hebrews certainly differed with respect to their biblical hermeneutics. Philo, the philosopher, read the Old Testament allegorically, whereas the Christian author of Hebrews committed himself only to typological exegesis. Stefan Nordgaard Svendsen challenges this consensus, arguing that the writer of Hebrews not only employed Philo's allegorical method, but also developed his own readings of Scripture through critical rereadings of Philo's exegetical results. This study sheds new light on the intellectual framework of Hebrews as well as on the letter's purpose and rhetorical strategies.
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