Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Some Recent Acquistions of Note

I continue to add to my collection of all things Hebrews. Some of the books are on the more popular level, but a couple of books are of particular interest:

Di Giovambattista, Fulvio. Il giorno dell’espiazione nella Lettera agli Ebrei. Tesi Gregoriana, Serie Teologia 61. Rome: Editrice Pontificia Università Gregoriana, 2000.

This first book is a monograph on "the Day of Atonement in the Letter to the Hebrews." Here is a description of the book with the help of Google translate:

"The present study aims to highlight the affinities, the allusions, the references, the contacts with the feast of the Day of Atonement, which are more or less explicitly present in the Letter to the Hebrews.
     First we examine the biblical texts concerning the complex ritual of solemnity (Lv 16; 23.26-32; 25.9; Num 29.7-11; Ex 30.10), for whose penetration various Excursus on various aspects of the ancient cult (the Conference Tent and the Temple, the priestly vestments, the sacrifices' ōlâ, "holocaust", and ḥaţţā't, "sacrifice for sin"). The texts of ancient Jewish literature are then analyzed , from which it appears that the Day of Atonement at the time of the NT was celebrated in a form that only reflected the biblical data in its essential lines.
     Then we move on to consider the Letter to the Hebrews, in an attempt to show how in this paper the peculiar rituals of the feast are taken up in relation to the saving work of Christ. In addition to the analysis of the passages in which explicit reference is made to the Day of Atonement (eg, Heb. 9: 7-14), formulations present in different passages of the Letter are highlighted, which in a certain way might suggest a some more or less veiled contact with it. We also propose a solution to the noted crux interpretum by χρυσούν θυμιατήριον (Heb 9,4).
     Finally, the final part of the research is dedicated to the effects of the Day of Atonement according to the author of the Letter to the Hebrews, undoubtedly a fundamental theological theme, although very complex and delicate."
Kennard, Douglas W. A Biblical Theology of Hebrews. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2018.
This book appears to be a semi-popular treatment of the biblical theology of Hebrews, although there is obvious scholarship behind it. Here is the description of the book from the website:
" Using a biblical theology method, this book reflects the content of the epistle of Hebrews within its Jewish-Christian context. Within Jewish monotheism, a Two Powers Christology is championed to float a simple missional Trinitarianism. Jesus Christ is also presented as a superior prophet, Davidic king, and Melchizedek priest. Christ initiates the new covenant with his very Jewish atonement in the Day of Atonement pattern, ultimately perfecting believers’ conscience (as an Edwardsian Religious Affection) and providing everlasting forgiveness. This provision initiates the believer on a new exodus toward the celestial city within a two-way soteriological framework. To make it to that heavenly goal, the believer must continue in faith. Those who are faithful already begin to experience rest in this life as a foretaste of the kingdom rest to come, when Christ brings in eschatological salvation."

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Heinrich Bullinger on Hebrews

Heinrich Bullinger's commentary will be republished as a part of a collection of his works:

Heinrich Bullinger. Kommentare zu den neutestamentlichen Briefen: Hebräerbrief – Katholische Briefe. Heinrich Bullinger Werke 9. Theologischer Verlag Zürich, 2019.

Description from the website:
"Im Geist der Reformation verstand Heinrich Bullinger Theologie in erster Linie als Auslegung der Heiligen Schrift. Mit diesem Band – dem neunten in der Reihe seiner Theologischen Schriften – wird die Edition seiner Kommentare zu den neutestamentlichen Briefen abgeschlossen. Darin enthalten sind die Auslegungen des Briefs an die Hebräer sowie der Katholischen Briefe.
Die Texte sind anhand der Erstauflage sowie der ersten Gesamtausgabe der Kommentare Bullingers zu den neutestamentlichen Briefen (1537) historisch-kritisch ediert worden. Erschlossen wird die Edition durch eine Einleitung und insgesamt vier Register (Bibelstellen, Quellen, Personen und Orte)."

So Great A Salvation

The following book has now been published:

Laansma, Jon C., George H. Guthrie, and Cynthia Long Westfall. So Great a Salvation: A Dialogue on the Atonement in Hebrews. Library of New Testament Studies 516. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2019.

Description from the website:
"This volume presents a dialogue between historians, exegetes, and theologians on the background and key themes of the atonement in Hebrews. Presenting a range of differing perspectives and contributing to the renewed conversation between biblical and theological scholarship, the argument is structured in two parts: contexts and themes within Hebrews.

Focusing on atonement not only in the Old Testament but also in the Greco-Roman world, and touching on themes such as sacrifice, plight and solution, and faith, these contributions shed light on the concept of the atonement in a directly scriptural way. The whole is a definitive collection of studies on the atonement in Hebrews that will be of service well beyond the confines of Hebrews' specialists, a collection as important for what it says about the atonement and the 21st century church as for what it says about Hebrews."

Monday, June 3, 2019

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Christ Above All

Lexham Press has announced the publication of the following book:

Adrio König. Christ Above All: The Book of Hebrews.

Description from the website:
"Jesus is the ultimate revelation of God. The letter to the Hebrews asks questions aimed at the heart of what it looks like for Christians to walk in Christ’s footsteps.

How should Christians relate to the Old Testament? What are we to make of the New Testament’s urgent pleas to persevere in the faith? Can we really lose our salvation? How does Jesus model both humility in his humanity and the glory of God through his earthly life? These questions continue to be fiercely debated by Christians. The ancient letter to the Hebrews answers all by focusing on Christ’s magnificent love and greatness. In Christ Above All, Adrio König puts readers in the shoes of the original audience of Hebrews and shows how, in a world full of competing claims to power and authority, Christ—in all his glory and humanity—really does surpass all others."

Introduction: The Main Themes in Hebrews
The Magnificence of Christ in a Nutshell
The Humanity of Christ
The Magnificence of Christ
The Use of the Old Testament in Hebrews
The Six Warnings: Can Grace Be Lost?
The Unforgivable Sin

A Small Theology of Hebrews

ISD has announced the following forthcoming book:

Joachim Ringleben. Wort und Geschichte: Kleine Theologie des Hebräerbriefs.  Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

The publication is expected to come out this month.

Here is the description from the website:

"Die Worttheologie des Hebräerbriefes denkt die Einheit des ewigen Gottes und seines Redens in der Geschichte nicht als eine Folge verschiedener "Worte" Gottes, sondern sprachlich angemessen als einen zeitlich-ewigen Satz. So erschliessen sich Kontinuität und Differenziertheit des göttlichen Redens vom Alten bis zum Neuen Bund (Hebr 1,1f). Dabei ist die wenig gewürdigte Logik der Aufhebung (10,9b; 8,13a; 11,40) grundlegend. Vor diesem Hintergrund lässt sich die sprachförmige Christologie (zwischen Schöpfung und Eschatologie) ebenso rekonstruieren wie der wortbezogene Glaube (11,1) in Relation auf die verschiedenen Gestalten göttlicher Rede sowie auch das Verhältnis von Wort und Glaube in ihrer Geschichte im Alten Testament (11,4-38). Diese führt zu einer ausgeformten Eschatologie des sich vollendenden Wortes, und sie erlaubt schliesslich die für den Hebräerbrief spezifische "Typologie" als Gottes Sich-Entsprechen im heilsgeschichtlichen Weiterreden in ihrer sprachlichen Logik zu verstehen."

Hebrews in the Exegetical Guide to the GNT

B&H Academic has announced the forthcoming publication:

Dana M. Harris. Hebrews. Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament.

Release date: July 2019

Description of the series:
"The Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament (EGGNT) closes the gap between the Greek text and the available lexical and grammatical tools, providing all the necessary information for greater understanding of the text. The series makes interpreting any given New Testament book easier, especially for those who are hard pressed for time but want to preach or teach with accuracy and authority. Each volume begins with a brief introduction to the particular New Testament book, a basic outline, and a list of recommended commentaries. The body is devoted to paragraph-by-paragraph exegesis of the Greek text and includes homiletical helps and suggestions for further study. A comprehensive exegetical outline of the New Testament book completes each EGGNT volume."

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

An Interview with Jason Whitlark about Resisting Empire

Tavis Bohlinger interviews Jason Whitlark about his book, Resisting Empire: Rethinking the Purpose of the Letter to "the Hebrews."

Hebrews, Interpretation, and Preaching - Part 2

The Center for Pastor Theologians has now posted the second part of their interview with Amy Peeler and Gerald Hiestand on Hebrews, Interpretation, and Preaching.

I will confess that I don't agree with the Calvinist slant that this interview takes on the Book of Hebrews.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Hebrews, Interpretation, and Preaching

The Center for Pastor Theologians has done a podcast with Amy Peeler and Gerald Hiestand, entitled "Hebrews, Interpretation, and Preaching." Part 1 is now posted.

New Book Available on Hebrews

Robert Rayburn has informed me that his book, a revised version of his dissertation, has now been published:

Rayburn, Robert. “Yesterday, Today, and Forever”: The Narrative World of Ψ 94 (Ps 95) as a Hermeneutical Key to Hebrews. Berlin: Peter Lang, 2019.

Abstract from the website:
"Hebrews is a book of riddles. Recent scholarship has arrived at an impasse over difficulties and apparent contradictions within the argument. A new look at Hebrews is needed. This book examines the use of Psalm 95 in Hebrews. The psalm recalls a narrative world and renews an exhortation that reoccurs throughout Israel’s history. Hebrews takes up this summons and the story behind it (Heb 3-4, 10-12) to urge its audience to be faithful. This exhortation unites God’s people past and present (Heb 1, 13). The results of this study are applied to the new covenant (Heb 8) and reveal that a reexamination of common assumptions about Hebrews are necessary. A review of the history of interpretation shows that while assumptions about Hebrews have an early beginning, they have not gone unchallenged."

Gäbel Reviews Church, Hebrews and the Temple

Georg Gäbel reviews Philip Church, Hebrews and the Temple: Attitudes to the Temple in Second Temple Judaism and in Hebrews. It is on Academia.edu, so I don't know if it is open access to everyone.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Dynamic Absence of Jesus in Hebrews

The newest article on Hebrews:

Bockmuehl, Markus. “The Dynamic Absence of Jesus in Hebrews.” Journal of Theological Studies 70.1 (2018): 141–62.

"How does Hebrews negotiate the whereabouts of the risen Jesus, on the dialectical spectrum between physical and indeed metaphysical absence on the one hand, and affirmations of a continuing or intermittent presence on the other? More than perhaps any other New Testament writing, Hebrews concentrates on Jesus’s distance from the world of earthly Christian life and discipleship. And yet the author’s ‘word of encouragement’ (13:22) evidently serves his recipients’ situation more urgently through its emphasis on the Son’s heavenly high priesthood rather than on his immediate presence. The presence of Jesus is here most clearly articulated in relation to his incarnation in the past: unlike elsewhere in the New Testament, no obvious attempt is made to sublimate or compensate for the absence of Jesus by sacramental, mystical, or pneumatological means. Nevertheless, even the pastness of the incarnation remains a powerful and abiding ingredient both in Christ’s ongoing priestly work and in the expectation of his coming. As a result, Jesus’ seeming remoteness in Hebrews remains in important respects compatible with his continuing accessibility and closeness to pilgrim believers."