Abstract

The article argues a new approach to the elusive language of Heb 9:14. The phrase "eternal Spirit" refers to the Holy Spirit bestowed upon Christ for the specific purpose of carrying out his sacerdotal (that is, high-priestly) appointment. This notion of Amtscharisma is well documented in relevant Jewish literature, where the presence of the Spirit is viewed as the "insignia" of the high priest's office. The author of the epistle has modified this tradition with his own eschatological understanding of the significance of Christ's entry into the heavenly sanctuary.

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