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date: 20 November 2019

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Hebrews contributes to our knowledge of early Christian ritual life through its references to baptism and to the proclaimed word, but its greatest influence on theology and piety has been through a sacramental imagination that combines a platonic worldview with biblical cosmology, that portrays Christ as the place of encounter between the human and the divine, and in its most distinctive understanding of Jesus as the great high priest. Hebrews is the New Testament composition that par excellence invites the perception of the empirical world as a veil, behind which lies the invisible but the all-powerful presence of the divine.

Keywords: baptism, Christology, cosmology, high priest, Platonism, word

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