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Each worksheet assignment will focus on the use of the Old Testament (OT) in each section of the Book of Hebrews. Your response should be in-depth, and should clearly show that you have read Cockerill’s The Epistle to the Hebrews commentary thoroughly and reflected on the issues. You should cite page numbers from Cockerill parenthetically each time you reference the text (e.g. Cockerill 37). The best answers will include interaction (evaluation and critique) with Cockerill’s own views on the issues. If you need clarification regarding Cockerill’s views, you should post your questions in the discussion board.
For Worksheet 1, you will make a chart or list that displays each quotation or clear allusion from the OT in Hebrews 1–2 based on your reading of Cockerill. Your chart should include the following information:
- The passage in Hebrews that quotes/alludes to the OT.
- The OT passage(s) that Hebrews quotes/alludes to.
- Any significant elements that the author of Hebrews derives from the Septuagint/LXX (which are not present in the Hebrew text).
- Any differences between the author’s quotation of the passage and the OT passage itself.
- A brief statement about how the author uses this OT text: what point is he making by quoting or alluding to the OT? If there are any changes, what might explain them?
This worksheet should be submitted as a Microsoft Word Document
CHRISTIAN CLASS Each worksheet assignment will focus on the use of the Old Testament (OT) in each section of the Book of Hebrews. Your response should be in-depth, and should clearly show that you hav
Cockerill Worksheet Chart Example CHRI 4346: Hebrews Passage in Hebrews OT Passage Used LXX elements Differences with OT passage Comments Heb 1:7 “He makes his angels winds, and his ministers a flame of fire” Ps 104:4 “you make the winds your messengers, fire and flame your ministers” The syntax of the LXX leads the author to read this as a statement about angels who are transformed in fire/wind, not vice versa as the original Hebrew text intends. The psalm seems to be saying that God uses wind and fire as his messengers, not that he transforms angels into wind and fire. The author uses this LXX passage to emphasize the angels’ temporal, mutable nature. They are bound to this creation, while the Son is everlasting. The author may also be alluding to the Sinai event where the angels/winds/fire were present. If so, this is continuing the contrast between the revelation of Sinai and the revelation through God’s Son. CHRI 4346 | Hebrews Page 1 of 1