Thursday, June 30, 2022

Hebrews Highlights - May & June 2022

Jared Compton explains How to Hear the Warnings in Hebrews in answering the question: Can a Christian Fall Away?

David Capes has a conversation with Amy Peeler about Hebrews 3:1–6.

Phillip Long summarizes Mark Keown's chapter on Hebrews in his new introduction, Discovering the New Testament, volume 3.

Monday, June 27, 2022

Martin Luther's Commentary on Hebrews in Catalan

I've been informed by Jordi Cervera that Martin Luther's commentary on Hebrews is now available in the Catalan language:



Here is a rough translation of the blurb:

"Martin Luther's Commentary on the Letter to the Hebrews was a compilation of a course held at the University of Wittenberg from the spring of 1517 to the spring of 1518. Simultaneously, in the fall of 1517 Luther made public the 95 theses on indulgences, the date marked as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. The Commentary on the Letter to the Hebrews expresses the temperament of the young teacher of medieval education and modern spirit. The lessons exude what will be the mainstay of Reformation theology: the distinction between law and gospel, justification by faith, the distinction between justification and sanctification, and the appreciation of mediations. The Commentary on the Letter to the Hebrews becomes the first Catalan translation of a biblical commentary on Luther, the interdisciplinary fruit of a Catholic theologian and biblical scholar. After the celebration of the fifth centenary of the Reformation (2017), the work becomes an ecumenical embrace of fraternal communion with the Catalan-speaking Protestant tradition, with whom we share the common heritage of this changing Christian of the time. Josep Castanyé (Sora, Osona 1941) is chaplain of the diocese of Vic, doctor in systematic theology and professor of this subject at the Faculty of Theology of Catalonia; he is currently Professor Emeritus. In addition to numerous specialized articles he is the author of History of German Protestant Theology (2013) and Martin Luther, Monk and Reformer (2017). Jordi Cervera i Valls (1961), a graduate in Business Sciences, embraced the life of a Capuchin friar. He is a professor of Bible at the Faculty of Theology of Catalonia and his specialization is the letter to the Hebrews. He combines teaching, research, and publications with explorations of biblical geography."

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Two New Articles in JSNT

Maston, Jason. “The Son and Scripture in Hebrews 1–2.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 44.4 (2022): 496–515.

"This article addresses the connection between the Christological claims in Heb. 1.2b-4 and the scriptures cited in 1.5-13. The claims are closely matched by the following scriptures in each instance except one, namely, the assertion about the Son’s death in 1.3c. Given the importance of the Son’s death for the author’s Christology (and soteriology), the lack of correspondence is striking. To account for this apparent oversight, I suggest that the citation of LXX Ps. 8.5-7 in Heb. 2.6-8 takes up this claim. Through the catena and LXX Ps 8.5-7, the author supports his Christological claims and establishes that God’s speaking through the Son is consistent with his activity among the prophets."

Malik, Peter. “Rid Us (Not) of the Temptation: A Note on theText of Hebrews 11:37.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 44.4 (2022): 580–89.

"Prior to the publication of P46 (P.Beatty II; LDAB 3011), at Heb. 11.37 the earlier critical editions printed one of the longer readings, though from Erasmus onwards the passage was subject to a considerable number of conjectural emendations. With P46, the evidence for the reading ἐπρίσθησαν gained significant early manuscript support, thus impacting subsequent editorial practice and textual analysis. This study offers a reinvestigation of this textual problem and brings a new proposal based on a fresh evaluation of external and internal criteria."