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Faith in the Epistle to the Hebrews E-mail
Written by Richard Ounsworth OP   
Sunday, 20 January 2013 20:41

In this essay I explore the notion of faith that emerges from the Epistle to the Hebrews. I begin, naturally enough, with the seeming definition of faith offered by Hebrews 11:1, arguing that the concept is as much as an ontological as an epistemological one. One of the difficulties with Hebrews 11, it might be felt, is that it appears to define faith without reference to Christ (or very nearly); but in the second part I turn my attention to the way in which Hebrews frames its eleventh chapter with expressions that make it clear that its understanding of faith is profoundly Christological, in particular by describing Jesus as ‘pioneer and perfecter of faith’ in 12:2.

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