• Hebrews 12.5–13, the Wilderness Period, and Israel’s Discipline

    Author(s):
    Matthew Thiessen (see profile)
    Date:
    2009
    Group(s):
    Ancient Jew Review, Biblical Studies, Religious Studies
    Subject(s):
    Jewish studies, Religious studies
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Deuteronomy, Discipline, Esau, wilderness
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6GN4J
    Abstract:
    Since the author of Hebrews locates his readers in Israel’s wilderness period in Heb 3.1-4.11 and 11.8-39, the discussion of paideia in 12.5-13 should be interpreted in light of early Jewish conceptions of Israel’s time in the wilderness. Confirmation that this is the correct context in which to understand 12.5-13 will be found in Deuteronomy, Wisdom, Philo, and Josephus, all of whom, like Hebrews, consider endurance of the disciplinary period of the wilderness necessary in order to inherit the promised rest. For this reason, Hebrews warns of Esau, the paradigmatic example of the undisciplined person who forfeits his inheritance.
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