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Some observations about the Vorlage of Ps 8:5-7 in Heb 2:6-8

G J Steyn

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 24, No 2 (2003), 493-514. doi: 10.4102/ve.v24i2.334

Submitted: 22 October 2003
Published:  17 November 2003


The  following observations relate only to one of the approximately 30 explicit quotations  to  be  found in Hebrews and is part of a broader project on the nature of the Vorlage of these quotations. The focus in this investigation is more of a text critical than a ermeneutical nature.  It  is rather on establishing the origin and text form of the  text used by the unknown author of Hebrews than on the interpretation of the quotation itself within the broader context. Regarding the origin of the quotation from Ps 8:5-7 in Heb  2:6-8, it is clear  from the investigation that the author of Hebrews probably knew the quotation already via the tradition, but that he quoted a longer section and that some conscious changes were made during the process of his application and re-interpretation of the quotation in its new context. The link with Ps 110(109):1 was  already made prior to Hebrews. The author did not share a testimony book with Paul for this combination, but knew the combination either via Paul or independently from Paul via the tradition. Regarding the text form of the quotation, it becomes clear that it closely resembles the reading of our reconstructed LXX.

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