Thursday, May 21, 2020

My Review on Davis, The Place of Paideia in Hebrews' Moral Thought

My review has finally appeared in RBL:

Davis, Phillip A., Jr. The Place of Paideia in Hebrews' Moral Thought. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2/475. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

New Article on Syncrisis and Encomium in Hebrews

The most recent issue of Catholic Biblical Quarterly has the following article:

Jerome H. Neyrey. "Syncrisis and Encomium: Reading Hebrews through Greek Rhetoric." Catholic Biblical Quarterly 82.2 (April 2020): 276–99.

Abstract: "Although the use of rhetoric to interpret NT texts, even Hebrews, is hardly new, here I employ an unfamiliar, and so unused source of Greco-Roman rhetoric, the progymnasmata (preliminary rhetorical exercises). They provide excellent examples of genres that form the skeleton and substance of the argument in Hebrews." These progymnasmata consisted of twelve to sixteen exercises of increasing difficulty, among which I focus on "comparison" (σύγκρισις) and "encomium" (ἐγκώμιον). Progymnastic rhetoric states that "comparison" are made out of the "headings' of the "encomium." Thus, one comparison is in fact two encomia, for example, Jesus and Israelite priests, each figure described according to traditional encomiastic patterns."

Neyrey claims that hardly anyone has applied the progymnastic exercises of encomium and syncrisis to the Book of Hebrews. He only cites C. F. Evans' slender monograph, The Theology of Rhetoric: The Epistle to the Hebrews. In fact, I deal at length with the progymnastic exercises of encomiastic topics and syncrisis in my monograph, The Characterization of Jesus in the Book of Hebrews. Moreover, Michael Martin and Jason Whitlark deal with syncrisis at length in structuring Hebrews' argument in Inventing Hebrews: Design and Purpose in Ancient Rhetoric. So, in fact, there has been more work done applying the progymnastic exercises of encomium and syncrisis to Hebrews than Neyrey gives credit for in his article. This is a surprising oversight from a scholar of the caliber of Neyrey.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

New Book: Strangers on the Earth

Wipf & Stock have announced the publication of this new book:

James W. Thompson, Strangers on the Earth: Philosophy and Rhetoric in Hebrews.

"Contrary to what we might imagine from its title, the Epistle to the Hebrews is immersed in Hellenistic thought. Its author demonstrates an acquaintance with Greco-Roman rhetoric, and often supports his arguments with the assumptions of Hellenistic philosophy. While he shares the apocalyptic worldview of other Jews in this period, he recasts it with the language of Middle Platonism."

Friday, March 6, 2020

Yauri Reviews Healy's Commentary on Hebrews

Benjamin Rojas Yauri reviews Mary Healy's commentary Hebrews of the
Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture series in RBL.


Saturday, February 29, 2020

Friday, February 14, 2020

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

New Introduction and Study Guide on Hebrews

Bloomsbury is announcing the publication of this book:

Patrick Gray and Amy Peeler. Hebrews: An Introduction and Study Guide (Bloomsbury).

My Newest Acquisition

This book just came in the mail today, all the way from Italy:

Michael Tait. Too Many Priests? Melchizedek and the Others in Hebrews.


Thursday, January 9, 2020

New JBL Article on Hebrews

In the most recent issue of JBL, the following article appears:

Yuh, Jason N. “Abandonment and Absenteeism in the Letter to the Hebrews and Greco-Roman Associations.” Journal of Biblical Literature 138.4 (2019): 863–82.