Shalders, E. W. “In Few Words: A Note on Hebrews xiii. 22.” Expositor. First Series, 7 (1878): 155-57.
Shalders finds the author’s statement in 13:22 strange: “And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words” (KJV). But there is nothing short about the book of Hebrews, when compared to other letters. Shalders claims that hortatory addresses must be brief to be efficacious.
Shalders takes the expression λογος παρακλησεως to refer, not to the whole book, but to the admonitions in the last chapter. Furthermore, in the phrase δια βραχεων επεστειλα υμιν, the verb επιστελλω should be rendered “to enjoin” or “command”—a meaning that is confirmed by Liddell and Scott. Thus Shalders prefers the following rendering of the verse: “And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation; for I have admonished you in few words” (157).