Friday, February 6, 2009

Bibliography on the History of Research

Below is a selected bibliography on the history of research on the Book of Hebrews. If there are any other works that should be added to this list, please let me know.

Selected Works on the History of Interpretation of Hebrews

English Language Works:

Buchanan, George Wesley. "The Present State of Scholarship on Hebrews." Pages 299-330 in Christianity, Judaism and Other Greco-Roman Cults. Part One: New Testament. Studies for Morton Smith at Sixty. Edited by Jacob Neusner. Leiden: Brill, 1975.
-This essay is divided into two parts. The first part primarily deals with major commentaries dated before the Dead Sea Scrolls had been made available to the scholarly community. The second part treats the history of interpretation through the early 1970s in topical fashion.

Custer, Stewart. "Annotated Bibliography on Hebrews." Biblical Viewpoint 2 (1968): 52-68.
-This bibliography only contains book in the English language. It is divided into Conservative Commentaries, Critical Commentaries, and Other Works on Hebrews. The bibliography is not exhaustive, but contains works that the author deems useful for the pastor.

Hillmer, M. R. "Priesthood and Pilgrimage: Hebrews in Recent Research." Theological Bulletin 5 (May 1969): 66-89.
-This article takes a topical survey covering backgrounds & literary relationships, the use of the Old Testament in Hebrews, Christology, and Eschatology.

McCullough, J. C. "Some Recent Developments in Research on the Epistle to the Hebrews." Irish Biblical Studies 2 (1980): 141-65; 3 (1981): 28-43.
-Deals with scholarship from 1960-1979.

McCullough, J. C. "Hebrew in Recent Scholarship." Irish Biblical Studies 16 (1994): 66-86, 108-20.
-Deals with scholarship since his earlier essays from 1980-1993. It is arranged in topical fashion.

Carlston, C. E. "Commentaries on Hebrews: A Review Article." Andover Newton Review 1 (1990): 27-45.

Guthrie, George H. "Hebrews in Its First-Century Contexts: Recent Research." Pages 414-443 in The Face of New Testament Studies: A Survey of Recent Research. Edited by Scot McKnight and Grant R. Osborne. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004.
-A nice overview of current research on the possible background for Hebrews' thought. Some of the scholarship he surveys is treated more fully in the following article.

Guthrie, George H. "Hebrews' Use of the Old Testament: Recent Trends in Research." Currents in Biblical Research 1.2 (2003): 271-94.

Koester, Craig R. "The Epistle to the Hebrews in Recent Study." Currents in Research: Biblical Studies 2 (1994): 123-45.
-This article nicely complements McCullough's article of the same year. This overview was greatly expanded in his commentary below.

Koester, Craig R. Hebrews: A New Translation with Commentary. The Anchor Bible 36. New York: Doubleday, 2001. Pages 19-131
-This commentary has an extended introduction to the history of interpretation and influence (19-63), the social setting (64-79), formal and rhetorical aspects (79-96), and the theology of Hebrews (96-131), followed by a bibliography (135-68).

Harrington, Daniel J. What Are They Saying about the Letter to the Hebrews? New York: Paulist, 2005.
-This is a nice accessible overview of current scholarship from 1975 on. He only deals with English-language works, but he seems to hit every major monograph of the period up to around 2003, as well as a few selected commentaries.

German Language Works:

Grässer, Erich. "Der Hebräerbrief 1938-1963." Theologische Rundschau 30 (1964): 138-236. Repr. Pages 1-99 in Aufbruch und Verheissung: Gesammelte Aufsätze zum Hebräerbrief zum 65. Geburtstag mit einer Bibliographie des Verfassers. Edited by Martin Evang and Ottow Merk. Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft und die Kunde der älteren Kirche 65. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 1992.
-A very thorough overview of scholarship for the period covered. It is divided into introductory questions, religious-historical problems, and theological problems.

Feld, Helmut. Der Hebräerbrief. Erträge der Forschung 228. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 1985.
-Another thorough overview of research. The book is divided into two parts: literary-historical and theological questions.

Kraus, Wolfgang. "Neuere Ansätze in der Exegese des Hebräerbriefes." Verkündigung und Forschung 48/2 (2003): 65-80.

Gelardini, Gabriella. “Chronologischer Aufriss des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts.” Pages 11-55 in “Verhärtet eure Herzen nicht”: Der Hebräer, eine Synagogenhomilie zu Tischa be-Aw.” Biblical Interpretation Series 83. Leiden: Brill, 2007.
-This history of research focuses primarily on works that deal with the structure of Hebrews.

Some Specialized Histories of Scholarship:

Greer, Rowan A. The Captain of Our Salvation: A Study of the Patristic Exegesis of Hebrews. Beiträge zur Geschichte der biblischen Exegese 15. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 1973.

Demarest, Bruce. A History of Interpretation of Hebrews 7,1-10 from the Reformation to the Present. Beiträge zur Geschichte der biblischen Exegese 19. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 1976.

Hagen, Kenneth. Hebrews Commenting from Erasmus to Bèze 1516-1598. Beiträge zur Geschichte der biblischen Exegese 23. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 1981.

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