Monday, December 31, 2012

Hebrews Carnival December 2012

William Burch explains what "holiness" means in Hebrews 12:14.

Michael Barber reports that John Paul the Great Catholic University is hosting James Swetnam, a leading Catholic interpreter of Hebrews, as Distinguished Visiting Faculty.  He is lecturing on Hebrews.  His extensive bibliography can be found here.

William Varner discusses the "Story" of Christmas in the Letter to the Hebrews.

David deSilva has started blogging and he begins with a post on Translating Hebrews 10:24.

Monday, December 24, 2012

French Dissertations Online

Apparently, French dissertations are starting to come online at  A quick search discovered one dissertation that was completed last year:

Judith Massengo. "Soteriologie de l'epitre aux hebreux." Ph.D. diss., University of Strasbourg, 2011.

This dissertation is still under preparation.  Hopefully, we'll see more dissertations being made available soon on this site.

HT: Roger Pearse

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Review of Charts on the Book of Hebrews

Clifford Kvidahl has a review of Herbert Bateman's Charts on the Book of Hebrews, recently put out by Kregel Academic Press.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Joshua Typology in Hebrews

I have just learned about another new book dealing with Joshua Typology in Hebrews, despite its somewhat misleading title:

Richard Ounsworth. Joshua Typology in the New Testament (Mohr Siebeck).

Here is the abstract from the website:

"In this monograph Richard Ounsworth argues that the Letter to the Hebrews invites its audience to infer a typological relationship between Jesus and Joshua, son of Nun, with whom he shares a name. The author begins by developing a distinctive notion of typology emerging from within the New Testament and its use of the Old Testament, before applying it to Hebrews. Hebrews 3:7–4:11, through its exegesis of Psalm 95, sets up a typology between the audience and the Israelites as depicted in Numbers 13-14, and within this context Joshua typology has much explanatory power. Hebrews 11 develops the theme through the structure of its outline of salvation history, including two significant lacunæ : the crossing of the Jordan, and the person of Joshua. The crossing of the Jordan parallels the High Priest’s passage through the veil of the sanctuary on the Day of Atonement, and both function as types of entry into God’s rest and the inauguration of the new and eternal covenant."

Thanks to Mike Kibbe for the tip.

New Articles Added

I have added links to the following articles in the last two days:

Bridger, John R. "The Christology of the Epistle to the Hebrews." The Theological Students' Fellowship Terminal Letter for Students and Ministers 26 (Spring 1960): 1-4.

Davis, Casey W. “Hebrews 6:4-6 from an Oral Critical Perspective.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 51.4 (2008): 753-68.

Emmrich, Martin. "'Amtscharisma': Through the Eternal Spirit (Hebrews 9:14)." Bulletin for Biblical Research 12.1 (2002): 17-32.

Simpson, E.K. "The Vocabulary of the Epistle to the Hebrews. I." The Evangelical Quarterly 18.1 (1946): 35-38.

Simpson, E.K. "The Vocabulary of the Epistle to the Hebrews. II." The Evangelical Quarterly 18.3 (1946): 187-190.

Course Syllabi

For the Spring semester I will be teaching an upper division class on Hebrews and the General Epistles.  So, in preparation for the course I have been looking at sample syllabi to get ideas about the kinds of assignments I might give to my students.  It occurred to me that I could add a page to the blog containing links to syllabi on courses on Hebrews that are available on the internet.  So, what follows is a listing of syllabi for courses on Hebrews exclusively, or as part of a more general course such as General or Catholic Epistles.  I will include a link to this page on the sidebar.

Baban, Octavian. Tyndale Theological Seminary. Fall 2014.
Exegesis of Hebrews

Battle, John A. Western Reformed Seminary. Fall 2012.
General Epistles

Bauer, David R. Asbury Theological Seminary.
Hebrews (January 1999)
Hebrews (January 2003)
Hebrews (January 2005)
Hebrews (January 2009)

Cowell, Clive M. New Hope Christian College. Fall 2012.
General Epistles and Revelation

Enrique, José. Fordham University. Fall 2010.
The Letter to the Hebrews

Guthrie, George H. Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. Winter-Spring 2012.
The Epistle to the Hebrews in Jewish Christianity

Johns, Donald A. Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. Spring 2004.
Exegesis of Hebrews

Johnson, Dennis E. Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.
The Epistle to the Hebrews

Kistemaker, Simon J. Reformed Theological Seminary. Spring 2008.
Exposition of Hebrews

Kistemaker, Simon J. Reformed Theological Seminary. 2011.
Hebrews through Revelation

Krewson, William. Internet Bible Institute. 2003.
The Letter to the Hebrews: An Inductive Study

Liberty University Online.

Lightfoot, Neil. Abilene Christian University. May 2006.
Book of Hebrews

Lowe, Bruce. Reformed Theological Seminary. 2012.

Moody Bible Institute. 2001.

Neufeld, E. Providence Theological Seminary. May 2012.
Hebrews: These Last Days

Oral Roberts University. Spring 2005.
Hebrews and General Epistles

Owen, Dan. Bear Valley Bible Institute.

Ray, Charlie. New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Spring 2016.
New Testament Exegesis: Hebrews

Reese, Ruth Anne. Asbury Theological Seminary. January 2004.
Exegesis of Hebrews (January 2003)
Exegesis of Hebrews (January 2004)

Schenck, Ken. Indiana Wesleyan University.
The Book of Hebrews

Schuppe, James S. Washington Bible College. Spring 2012.
Hebrews and the General Epistles

Sloan, David B. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Fall 2014.
English Bible: The Book of Hebrews.

Terry, Bruce. Ohio Valley College. 2001.

Williford, Donald. Hardin-Simmons University. Spring 2006.
The General Epistles and Revelation

Wright, Adam Z. Horizon College & Seminary
Providence Theological Seminary
Fall. 2014

Yates, Richard. Capital Bible Seminary. Summer 2012.
Hebrews, General Epistles, and Revelation

Themelios Book Reviews

The journal Themelios has numerous book reviews that are available online.  I am including a listing of those on Hebrews here and will be adding them to the Book Reviews page.

Allen, David L. Lukan Authorship of Hebrews. Review by Michael Kibbe.

Allen, David L. Hebrews. Review by Barry Joslin.

Human, Dirk J. and Gert J. Steyn, eds. Psalms and Hebrews: Studies in Reception. Review by Jared M. Compton.

Jobes, Karen H. Letters to the Church: A Survey of Hebrews and the General Epistles. Review by Mariam J. Kamell.

Moffitt, David M. Atonement and the Logic of Resurrection in the Epistle to the Hebrews. Review by Michael Kibbe.

She, King L. The Use of Exodus in Hebrews. Review by Michael Kibbe.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

PZB Thematic Issue on Hebrews

Last year Protokolle zur Bibel produced a thematic issue on Hebrews.  Click on the link for the abstracts in both English and German.

ZNT Thematic Issue on Hebrews

Zeitschrift für Neues Testament recently dedicated a whole issue to the book of Hebrews.  The following is the table of contents:

Stefan Alkier, Eckart Reinmuth, Manuel Vogel

Neues Testament aktuell
Der Hebräerbrief im Kontext der neueren englischen Forschung. Ein kurzer Überblick über die wichtigsten Forschungsprobleme
David M. Moffitt

Zum Thema
Hoffnung hören und sehen! Beobachtungen zur Dialogizität des Hebräerbriefes und der Johannesapokalypse
Stefan Alkier

Der Hebräerbrief – Evangelium von Ewigkeit
Karl-Heinrich Ostmeyer

Wilfried Eisele Bürger zweier Welten. Zur Eschatologie des Hebräerbriefes
Wilfried Eisele

Einleitung zur Kontroverse. Ist der Hebräerbrief eine Schrift des antiken Judentums?
Jürgen Zangenberg

Der Hebräerbrief als ständiger Gast im Haus der Kirche
Manuel Vogel

»New Covenantalism«: Eine Wiederentdeckung
Richard B. Hays

Kontroverse: Ist der Hebräerbrief eine Schrift des antiken Judentums? (gesamt)
Jürgen Zangenberg, Manuel Vogel, Richard B. Hays

Hermeneutik und Vermittlung
Der Dritte. Eine sozialphilosophische Perspektive auf den Hebräerbrief
Eckart Reinmuth

Knut Backhaus Der Hebräerbrief. (Regensburger Neues Testament) Friedrich Pustet, Regensburg 2009 (rez. von Manuel Vogel)
Manuel Vogel

Thanks to Jacob Brouwer for the tip

Saturday, December 1, 2012

New Book on Key Themes in Hebrews

I received in the mail today this little book on some key themes in Hebrews:

Jonathan Griffiths, ed. The Perfect Saviour: Key Themes in Hebrews. Inter-Varsity Press, 2012.

Here is the blurb from the back cover:

"Too often, valuable New Testament scholarship never finds its way to the preacher's or pastor's study because it is presented in a format that is not practically digestible in the time available for sermon preparation.

The motivation for this volume is the desire to bridge the gap between the work of evangelical scholars in universities and colleges and the world of the busy preacher and Bible teacher.  Specifically, it offers a theological introduction to the New Testament book of Hebrews, by way of a set of expositions of some significant themes and difficult questions, by some well-known scholars.

Topics covered are: the new covenant (Peter O'Brien); the word of God (Jonathan Griffiths); the priesthood of Christ (Richard Gaffin, Jr); the tabernacle (David Gooding); warning and assurance (Thomas Schreiner); access and arrival (Peter Walker); perfection (David Peterson); and suffering (Bruce Winter).

These studies are accessible to all serious students of the Bible.  The contributors share the conviction that theological research is ultimately only valuable insofar as it aids the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ."

All the essays appear to be original and not reprints of articles appearing elsewhere.  The book appears to provide an accessible way for pastors to get at the basic themes of Hebrews in preparation for a sermon series or series of Bible studies on Hebrews.