Of the difficult warning passages of the Epistle to the Hebrews, Heb 6:4-6 remains one of its most challenging. The debates on the passage range from resolving its exegetical difficulties; disagreement over its inter-textual links, uncertainties over its theological implications, and much more recently, challenges with identification of the rhetorical strategies of the author. While many useful suggestions have been recently made on these issues, few scholars have explored how the author, as a Diaspora Jewish Christian, fused ideas from his Jewish and Greco-Roman rhetorical background to generate his argumentation which sought to persuade his hearers to remain faithful to the Christian faith.

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