DIE EERSTE BEGINSELS VAN DIE WOORD, DIE IMPLIKASIE VAN HEB 5:12 VIR KERK EN TEOLOGIE

Benno A. Zuiddam

Abstract


Hebrews uses the words λογίων τοῦ θεοῦ to denote authoritative Divine speech. These are
treated as oracles from heaven with an inherently divine quality. Hebrews’ use of λογίων as
such implies a divine source and this is reinforced by τοῦ θεοῦ. Both the wider and
narrower context of Hebrews 5:12 show that this expression is used in a context of
revelation. God reaches out and speaks. In this context God’s oracles are presented as
instrumental for maintaining this relationship with the divine and particularly portrayed as
promoting spiritual growth and maturity. It is from this literary context, and the specific
use of λογίων in Hebrews 5:12 that this article argues that the phrase τὰ στοιχεῖα τῆς ἀρχῆς
τῶν λογίων τοῦ θεοῦ refers to the very elementary knowledge, or basic understanding of the
“Word of God” or his collective “Oracles”. Even the practice of these Oracle-basics is
considered potentially life-changing and spiritually empowering by the author of Hebrews.
Knowledge of God’s revelation, even a thirst for more, is presented as a basic requirement
for Christian life.

Keywords


Oracle; Bible; Hebrews 5:12; Bible Translation; Revelation; Orakel; Bybel; Hebreërs 5:12; Bybelvertaling; Openbaring

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/107-0-139

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