Friday, July 24, 2015

Latest Acquisition

Arriving in the mail today, Knut Backhaus' commentary was the last major commentary on Hebrews missing from my library. I managed to find a pretty good price (under $40) for a brand new copy.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Yale Bible Study on Hebrews

Over the course of eight videos, Harold W. Attridge and David L. Bartlett discuss the book of Hebrews. These videos are part of the Yale Bible Study Series, which is done in conjunction with the Congregational Church of New Canaan in New Canaan, CT. Study material are also available on the church website.

Monday, July 13, 2015

More Resources Added

I have added numerous resources this evening, but the following are the most important:


Brege, Daniel J. “Eucharistic Overtones Created by Sacrificial Concepts in the Epistle to the Hebrews.” Concordia Theological Quarterly 66 (2002): 61–81. [Complete issue]

DeSilva, David A. “Despising Shame: A Cultural-Anthropological Investigation of the Epistle to the Hebrews.” Journal of Biblical Literature 113 (1994): 439–61.

Dyer, Bryan R. “‘A Great Conflict Full of Suffering’: Suffering in the Epistle to the Hebrews in Light of Feminist Concerns.” McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry 12 (2010–2011): 179–98.

Grudem, Wayne. “Perseverance of the Saints: A Case Study from Hebrews 6:4–6 and the Other Warning Passages in Hebrews.” Pages 133–82 in The Grace of God, the Bondage of the Will. Volume 1. Biblical and Practical Perspectives on Calvinism. Edited by Thomas R. Schreiner and Bruce A. Ware. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1995.

Houwelingen, Rob van. “The Epistle to the Hebrews: Faith Means Perseverance.” Journal of Early Christian History 3.1 (2013): 98–115.

Murray, Scott R. “The Concept of διαθήκη in the Letter to the Hebrews.” Concordia Theological Monthly 66 (2002): 41–60. [Complete issue]

Pak, Joseph K. “False Believers in the Letter to the Hebrews.” The American Journal of Biblical Theology 15.12. Online paper, 2014.

Swetnam, James. "Selected Observations on the Christology of the Epistle to the Hebrews." 2013.

Tönges, Elke. “The Epistle to the Hebrews as a “Jesus-Midrash.” Pages 89–105 in Hebrews: Contemporary Methods – New Insights. Edited by Gabriella Gelardini. Biblical Interpretation Series 75. Leiden: Brill, 2005.


Milligan, R. The New Testament Commentary. Vol. IX: Epistle to the Hebrews. Dallas: Eugene S. Smith, 1875.


Lee, Gregory Woodae. “Figural Reading in the Epistle to the Hebrews: A Dialogue withAugustine and Calvin.” Ph.D. diss., Duke University, 2010.

Book Review:

Farley, Lawrence R. The Epistle to the Hebrews: High Priest in Heaven. Review by Lasha Tchantouridzé. 

Monday, July 6, 2015

New Additions

Some additional resources added this evening:


Ribbens, Benjamin J. “Levitical Sacrifice and Heavenly Cult in Hebrews.” Ph.D. diss., Wheaton College, 2013.


Langenhoven, Hanno, Eliska Nortjé, Annette Potgieter, and Yolande Steenkamp. "The Day of Atonement as a Hermeneutical Key to the Understanding of Christology in Hebrews."  Journal of Early Christian History 1.1 (2011): 85–97.

Book Reviews:

Gäbel, Georg. Die Kulttheologie des Hebräerbriefes: Eine exegetisch-religionsgeschichtliche Studie. Review by Gabriella Gelardini.

Heemstra, Marius. The Fiscus Judaicus and the Parting of the Ways. Review by Jack Gibson.

Heemstra, Marius. The Fiscus Judaicus and the Parting of the Ways. Review by Shaye J. D. Cohen.

Two New Book Reviews on RBL

The Review of Biblical Literature has two new reviews on books pertinent to Hebrews study:

Peeler, Amy L. B. You Are My Son: The Family of God in the Epistle to the Hebrews. Review by Scott D. Mackie.

Whitlark, Jason A. Resisting Empire: Rethinking the Purpose of the Letter to "the Hebrews." Review by Arie W. Zwiep.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

My Dissertation Is Available Online

I see that my dissertation is now available online:

Small, Brian Christopher. "The Characterization of Jesus in the Book of Hebrews." Ph.D. diss., Baylor University, 2012.

(I apologize in advance for any typos you may find. I cleaned them up before my book went into print).

New Resources Added

The following dissertations and theses have been added:

Antwi, Daniel Jacobson. “The Death of Jesus as Atoning Sacrifice: A Study of the Sources and Purpose of New Testament Soteriology, with Particular Reference to Selected Texts.” Ph.D. diss., University of Aberdeen, 1980.

Bucher, John Russell. “The Relation to the Old Testament of the Synoptic Teaching of Jesus, with Some Comparison of the Attitude Shown in the Epistles of Paul and in the Epistle to the Hebrews.” Ph.D. diss., Edinburgh University, 1940.

Burns, D. Kerr. “The Epistle to the Hebrews: An Inquiry into Its Relation to Primitive Tradition.” Ph.D. diss., University of Edinburgh, 1933.

Ellingworth, Paul. “The Old Testament in Hebrews Exegesis, Method and Hermeneutics.” Ph.D. diss., University of Aberdeen, 1977.

Filtvedt, Ole Jakob. “The Identity of Israel and the Paradox of Hebrews.” Ph.D. diss., MF Norwegian School of Theology, 2014.

Imberg, Johannes. “Den levitiska offerkultens function enligt Hebreerbrevets författare: en argumentationsanalys av Hebreerbrevet kapitel 7–10.” M.A. thesis, Lund University, 2012.

Laansma, Jon. “‘I Will Give You Rest.’ The Background and Significance of the Rest Motif in the New Testament with Special Reference to Mt 11 and Heb 3–4.” Ph.D. diss., University of Aberdeen, 1995.

Lloyd, Gwilym George. “The Treatment of the Mosaic Law in the Epistle to the Hebrewswith Some Comparison of the Pauline Attitude.” Ph.D. diss., University of Edinburgh, 1946.

Richardson, Christopher A. “Pioneer and Perfecter of Faith: Jesus' Faith as the Climax of Israel's History in the Epistle to the Hebrews.” Ph.D. diss., Aberdeen University, 2009.

I have also added this review:

Docherty, Susan E. The Use of the Old Testament in Hebrews: A Case Study in Early Jewish Bible Interpretation. Review by Nick Norelli.