Saturday, May 26, 2012

New Whitlark Article on Hebrews

My colleague at Baylor has been busy with his second article on Hebrews coming out this year:

Jason Whitlark. "The Warning against Idolatry: An Intertextual Examination of Septuagintal Warnings in Hebrews." Journal for the Study of the New Testament 34 (2012): 382–401.


"The Letter to ‘the Hebrews’ is concerned with the ultimate allegiance of its Christian audience. Scholarship on Hebrews, however, is not unanimous regarding the nature of the pressures and temptations which endangered that allegiance. An intertextual examination of many of the septuagintal quotations and allusions used in the warnings against infidelity in Hebrews can provide a fresh perspective on this debate. These quotations and images from the Septuagint draw upon texts that warn against idolatry. Jewish and Christian polemic against idolatry was typically employed to resist compromise with the pagan milieu. This article will argue that by employing these septuagintal texts against idolatry, the author of Hebrews is fortifying his audience against assimilating to its pagan context."

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