The Influence of Ezekiel the Tragedian's Exagoge on the Writing of Hebrews

by Robert P Costello

Institution: Regent University
Year: 2017
Keywords: Religion; Biblical studies; Theology
Posted: 02/01/2018
Record ID: 2201782
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Ezekiel the Tragedians Exagōgē, a circa second-century BCE play, incorporates Jewish traditions that may associate Moses with resurrection and that describe Moses as having a vision in which he ascends to heaven, where he is elevated above the angels to a cosmic kingship. The extra-biblical traditions in this drama present Moses as more similar to the Jesus of the NT than does the biblical tradition of Moses. New Testament depictions of Jesuss ascent to heaven and portrayals of Jesus through a Moses typology may be influenced by these traditions. This study will focus on traditions represented in the ascent-to-heaven scene (Ezek. Trag. 6889) and in the scouts report (Ezek. Trag. 24369) and will examine the likely influences of such traditions in the Letter to the Hebrews.