By J. N. D. Kelly
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E. 'Dispersion'), a techni jal term among Greek-speaking Jews (there is no exact equivalent in the Hebrew Bible) for members of their race dwelling outside Palestine in heathen countries. g. Dt. iv. 37; vii. 6; xiv. 2; Ps. cv. 6; Is. xlv. 4). g. Jub. ii. g. iQS viii. 6; xi. 16; iQpHab. x. 13). Actually, however, we have good reasons for believing (see Introduction, pp. ) that the addressees, or the majority of them, are Gentile Christians. Thus in transferring to them the hallowed language appropriate to God's own people the writer is tacitly implying that the Christian Church has succeeded to that privileged role.
Xii. 3; 2 Cor. iv. 5; Phil. ii. n). It is unlikely that the title was used in Jesus's lifetime; it came to be ascribed to Him as risen and ascended, being possibly suggested by His own appeal to Ps. ex. i (Mk. xii. ). Kurios (' Lord') was the customary LXXrendering of the divine name; the naturalness with which NT writers apply OT texts containing it to the exalted Jesus is thus proof of their recognition of His status. The addition of our underlies the special, personal bond between Christians and their Lord.