Saturday, June 13, 2009

This Week on Hebrews

For this week, Steven O at Biblically Speaking has a reflection on Hebrews 10:24-25.

Brian LePort at Near Emmaus has begun to investigate the eschatology of Hebrews. I offered a cursory bibliography of articles on eschatology in the comments section. He also has an outline of the new book on Hebrews, The Epistle to the Hebrews and Christian Theology, edited by Richard Bauckham. The book is one of two books that spun off from the Hebrews and Theology Conference at St. Andrews in 2006, which I attended. I have a link to the site under Resources. He also has a quote by Thomas Long on the Mystery of Corporate Worship.

As for myself, I have not posted much lately because I am working hard on the dissertation. I am trying to get one component done before I go away for the last two weeks of June. I hope to get back to blogging in earnest in July.


  1. Brian,

    My name is Mike Kibbe, and I am currently doing my M.A. at Fuller Seminary. I am hoping to go on to a PhD in the fall of 2010, and specifically to do my dissertation work in Hebrews. Who are you studying under at Baylor? What other schools/individuals would you recommend doing PhD work in Hebrews under? Thanks!


  2. Hi Mike:

    My advisor is Mikeal Parsons. There are no Hebrews specialists at Baylor, but I was willing to adapt my dissertation according to the methodologies used here as long as I could work on Hebrews. I will actually be the second one to work on Hebrews at Baylor in recent years.

    If you are looking to study under a Hebrews specialist, there are not that many who are teaching at Ph.D. conferring schools, that I am aware of. Here is what I know:

    Harold Attridge is at Yale and is very good, but of course getting into Yale is very difficult. They take like one NT a year.

    Luke Timothy Johnson is at Emory and would be very good. There have been quite a few Hebrews dissertations come out of Emory (just off the top of my head: David deSilva, Clayton Croy, Patrick Gray, Bryan Whitfield).

    Ben Witherington is at Asbury Theological Seminary which has just started a Ph.D. program.

    Donald Hagner, of course, is at Fuller, but I understand that he is close to retirement, if not already retired.

    Frances Taylor Gench has done a small commentary on Hebrews and is at Union in VA, but I have been told she really doesn't have the ability to oversee a dissertation.

    Craig Koester would be very good to study with, but I don't think Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. offers a doctorate anymore.

    I can't think of anyone in Britain who is a Hebrews specialist at a Ph.D. conferring school, but I don't know the British system all that well. I do know that a couple of dissertations have come out of St. Andrews, one under the direction of Philip Esler.

    Of course you could go to a school without a Hebrews specialist as long as you could find someone who would be willing to work with you on Hebrews. So here are some other possibilities:

    At Princeton is Ross Wagner, who is a Pauline specialist, but he teaches the Hebrews course. I know he is overseeing one dissertation right now.

    Richard Hays is at Duke and has done some work on Hebrews. He would be good to work with, and he may be overseeing a dissertation there; at least I know one person who is working on a Hebrews dissertation there.

    At Notre Dame you might consider Greg Sterling who is a Philo specialist and maybe he would be willing to oversee a Hebrews dissertation. Eric Mason did his dissertation there, I believe, under James VanderKam.

    Some leading specialists in Hebrews such as David deSilva or George Guthrie would be very good, but unfortunately they are not at Ph.D. conferring schools.

    So, there you have it, for what it's worth. If you want to continue the conversation send me your email.