Sunday, January 31, 2010

Hebrews Carnival January 2010

The month of January started off very slow with regard to posts on Hebrews, but there has been a sudden flurry of activity towards the end of the month. The following is a summary of the posts for the month:

Clifford Kvidahl muses whether Hebrews was in fact written to Gentiles and not to Jews because Hebrews lacks an exile theme.

William Varner reflects on the author's focus on "Jesus" in Hebrews.

Peter Head discusses a textual variant in Hebrews 3:2 and a scribal error/correction in Hebrews 3:7.

Kenneth Schenck has a post summarizing the Situation of Hebrews. Ken deals with the audience, destination, audience, and date of Hebrews.

Ken's post provoked a response by Doug Chaplin on Hebrews and the Temple's Destruction. He wonders whether Hebrews can be dated so soon after the destruction of the Temple since the author is so dispassionate about the temple.

Phillip Long, on the other hand, in discussing the Purpose of Hebrews, places the date in the early 60s before the Neronian persecution. He believes that Hebrews is dealing with the issue of why the recipients are struggling with the shame of suffering in a culture which did not see suffering as a virtue.

Phillip Long also reports that one can download the PDF sample of the Hebrews chapter from Faithful to the End: An Introduction to Hebrews through Revelation by Terry L. Wilder, J. Daryl Charles, and Kendell Easley. Naturally, I am putting the link on my electronic books page.

In another post, Phillip Long answers the question Why Does Hebrews Start with Angels?

Jim West has a review of the Life Application Bible Studies: Hebrews.

Rod Decker argues that the traditional view of τουτ' εστιν in Hebrews 10:20 is correct.

Finally, Alan Knox and Jeff of Scripture Zealot respond to Dave Black's comments on Hebrews 10:24-25.


  1. There's a discussion in process here that you might be interested in

  2. Thanks Bob. I am aware of the post. I was going to mention it in the February Carnival.