Friday, September 25, 2015

New Articles on Hebrews

Here are some recent articles on Hebrews:

(1) Steyn, Gert Jacobus. “Moses as ΘΕΡΑΠΩΝ in Heb 3:5–6: Portrait of a Cultic Prophet-Priest in Egypt?” Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages 40.2 (2014): 113–25.

-Steyn's article is available on, so you have to have an account to access it.

(2) Kibbe, Michael. “Requesting and Rejecting: Παραιτέομαι in Heb 12,18–29.” Biblica 96.2 (2015): 282–86.


"This short note examines the three occurrences of παραιτέομαι in Heb 12,18-29 and suggests that the repeated use of the word demonstrates the author’s evaluation of Israel’s “request” for distance from God at Sinai as a rejection of his word to them. While some have distinguished between the meaning (and referent) of παραιτέομαι in 12,19 and 12,25, this distinction is unsustainable in light of the use of παραιτέομαι outside of Hebrews and the flow of thought in Heb 12,18-29."

-This article is not yet available on the Biblica webpage but should be soon.

(3) Stökl, Daniel. “Yom Kippur in the Apocalyptic Imaginaire and the Roots of Jesus’ HighPriesthood: Yom Kippur in Zechariah 3, 1 Enoch 10, 11QMelkizedeq, Hebrews and the Apocalypse of Abraham 13.” Pages 349–66 in Transformations of the Inner Self in Ancient Religions. Edited by Jan Assmann and Guy G. Stroumsa. Studies in the History of Religions 83. Leiden: Brill, 1999.

-While not a new article, it has now been made available on

(4) McCruden, Kevin B. “The Eloquent Blood of Jesus: The Neglected Theme of the Fidelity of Jesus in Hebrews.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 75 (2013): 504–20.

-Another article that has recently been made available on

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

New Book on Hebrews

ISD Publishers is announcing the publication of the forthcoming book on Hebrews:

The Epistle to the Hebrews: Writing at the Borders. Edited by R. Burnet, D. Luciani and G. Van Oyen.

"This volume contains the exegetical contributions of a conference held in Louvain-la-Neuve in 2014. The participants explored the concepts of border, boundary, and frontier related to Hebrews, not only in the letter itself, but also in its reception. The book first focuses on the definition of Hebrews as a text at the confluence of various cultural worlds: elaborated in the Diaspora, can the letter/sermon be characterized as a middle course between a so-called 'Jewish world' and a so-called 'pagan world'? Within the Jewish cultural world, did it really hold a marginal position? Is its nuanced attitude toward the priesthood and the Temple the first step outside Judaism, as it has long been claimed?"

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Other New Books on Hebrews

Some other recent publications on Hebrews include:

Compton, Jared. Psalm 110 and the Logic of Hebrews (Bloomsbury T & T Clark).

Vanhoye, Albert. The Letter to the Hebrews: A Commentary (Paulist Press).

McWilliams, David B. Hebrews. Lectio Continua Expository Commentary on the New Testament (Tolle Lege Press).

As usual, the New and Noteworthy page has been updated. 

New Book on Hebrews

I notice that a new noteworthy book on Hebrews has just come out:

Ole Jakob Filtvedt. The Identity of God's People and the Paradox of Hebrews. Mohr Siebeck.


"Does the letter to the Hebrews confirm traditional notions of Jewish identity, does it articulate a fresh notion of Christian identity, or is neither of these alternatives adequate? Taking the motif of the "people of God" in Hebrews as his starting point, Ole Jakob Filtvedt explores these questions, and argues that the answer must be related to a paradoxical tension between newness and continuity in Hebrews. Prior attempts to read Hebrews within a supersessionist paradigm are critiqued, but so are more recent interpretations that see Hebrews as confirming a "radical new perspective" on Christian origins."

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Rob Bradshaw has announced that Irish Biblical Studies journal, which has ceased publication, is now giving permission to make available online all of its past articles, pending approval of the individual authors. The following articles on Hebrews are now available online:

McCullough, J. C. “Anti-Semitism in Hebrews?Irish Biblical Studies 20 (1998): 30–45.

McCullough, John C. “Hebrews in Recent Scholarship.” Irish Biblical Studies 16 (1994): 66–86.

McCullough, John C. “Hebrews in Recent Scholarship.” Irish Biblical Studies 16 (1994): 108–20.

McCullough, John C. “Some Recent Developments in Research on the Epistle to the Hebrews.” Irish Biblical Studies 2 (1980): 141–65.

McCullough, John C. “Some Recent Developments in Research on the Epistle to the Hebrews II.” Irish Biblical Studies 3 (1981): 28–43.

Sims, Colin. “Rethinking Hebrews 12:1.” Irish Biblical Studies 27.2 (2008): 54–88.