The Theology and Ministry Program of the School of Humanities invites you to the oral defense of the MA Thesis entitled "The Use of the Psalms in Hebrews 1-4" by Nathaniel John Hutchison on May 17, 2016 (Tuesday), 10:00 am, at the Tipananni San Ignacio, Second Floor, Loyola School of Theology. The Board of Examiners is composed of Dr. Federico Villanueva (Principal Examiner), Fr. Felipe Fruto Ramirez, S.J., S.T.D., and Fr. Mariano Cisco, C.S., S.T.L. The MA Thesis Adviser is Dr. Markus Locker. The defense is being held in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Arts in Theological Studies with field of specialization in Biblical Theology. It is open to the public.
Abstract: The Letter to the Hebrews is filled with Old Testament quotations and allusions. Hebrews is most likely a sermonic letter that opens with an eschatological claim regarding the final phase of God’s revelation in the Son (Heb. 1:1-4). This thesis seeks to explore and explain why the author of Hebrews quotes from several individual Psalms in the first four chapters of Hebrews. In fact, the author’s use of the Psalms may seem random or even haphazard. However, upon closer examination, the author of Hebrews judiciously chooses specific Psalms, and in the process, develops important perspectives in Christology and calls believers to persevere in faith.