God has spoken through a son

Thomas D. Stegman SJ

The letter to the Hebrews offers rich fare in its presentation of the nature and person of Jesus. Thomas D. Stegman SJ is associate professor of New Testament at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

One of the most profound expressions of Christology in the New Testament ? or, in any place, for that matter ? is found in the opening lines of the letter to the Hebrews: ?In manifold and various ways God formerly spoke to our fathers through the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us through a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God?s glory and bears the imprint of his nature, sustaining all things by the power of his [the Son?s] word. When he made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as far greater than the angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs? (1.1?4).
This prologue foreshadows a number of key features of Christology that the author of Hebrews develops in his magisterial treatise and exhortation.

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