Wednesday, September 1, 2021

New Book on the Pragmatic Situation of Hebrews

Here is a new book that has just come out:

Thomas Witulski. "... da ihr ja träge geworden seid an den Ohren": Zur textpragmatischen Situierung des Hebräerbriefes. Beiträge zur Wissenschaft vom Alten und Neuen Testament (BWANT). 2021.

English translation of the title: 
"... because your ears have become sluggish": On the pragmatic situation of the letter to the Hebrews

Here is an English translation of the description of the book:
"It is usually assumed that the letter to the Hebrews is addressed to a church that is showing signs of fatigue in the faith and is to be encouraged, straightened up, and brought back to the living faith. On the basis of detailed observations, however, Witulski shows that the text itself hardly contains any indications for this assumption. Rather, he shows that a group of theological trainees who are preparing to take over a catechetical parish office is being written to. Its members - from the perspective of the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews, of course - have apparently not yet sufficiently intellectually penetrated essential aspects of Christian theology. With his writing, the auctor ad Hebraeos attempts to overcome this theological deficit and to lead the group to which he has written to a comprehensive understanding of Christian thought and belief."

 Thanks to Jacob Brouwer for bringing the book to my attention. 

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