Paul Schmidgall

Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

W.L. Lane, J.E. Long, Ron Veenker

Degree Program

Department of Philosophy & Religion

Degree Type

Master of Arts


The Book of Hebrews has been interpreted from at least three religion historical angles: the Gnostic interpretation, the platonic/Philonic interpretation, and the apocalyptic interpretation. Since 1970, however, the apocalyptic interpretation is strongly favored. A study of the understanding of the writer of the book of Hebrews as pertaining to history (timo, the unity of history, the emphasis on the eschaton, the two-age motif), the concept of rest (katapausis), alleged Platonic dualism, Messianism, and angelology literature is the primary extra-biblical locus from which the writer of the Book of Hebrews draws.


Arts and Humanities | Biblical Studies | Christianity | Religion