Thursday, June 25, 2015

Is Hebrews 5:11–6:20 Really a Digression?

The latest issue of Novum Testamentum has an article on Hebrews:

Guzmán, Ron, and Michael W. Martin. “Is Hebrews5:11–6:20 Really a Digression?Novum Testamentum 57.3 (2015): 295–310.

Abstract from the Brill website:
"This study challenges the view that Heb 5:11-6:20 is a “digression”—a view so widely held as to be a near consensus in scholarship today, and a view that renders the controversial materials of chapter six tangential to the central purposes of the speech. The study gives consideration to ancient rhetorical theory concerning digressio, surveying the major handbooks that discuss the figure. On the basis of this survey, the study argues that only Heb 5:11-14 displays the essential characteristics of digressio. Moreover, in its position and function, this digressio actually points to the controversial materials of chapter six as central to the speech’s cause."

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