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In the Mail: Christology, Hermeneutics, and Hebrews

May 29, 2012

Continuum / T&T Clark was kind enough to send along a review copy of Christology and Hermeneutics of Hebrews: Profiles from the History of Interpretation, a collection of essays new out this month edited by Jon C. Laansma and Daniel J. Treier (both at Wheaton College). This is the latest entry in the Library of New Testament Studies series.

Here is the publisher’s description:

Christology and Hermeneutics discusses the history of the interpretation of the Letter to the Hebrews. Contributors assess the study and interpretation of Hebrews across the last two millennia. Beginning with the Patristic period, the book goes on to examine the responses of Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, John Calvin, as well as more recent figures such as Karl Barth and contemporary global interpreters.

The premise behind the work is to move study of Hebrews away from the perennial arguments about its authorship and provenance and to instead engage with it from a theological perspective, focusing upon the text’s reception history. Consequently the issue of the Christological message in Hebrews is at the forefront and is considered both in terms of the interpreter’s context and historical setting. At the end of the book the investigations are summarised and responded to by leading scholars Harold Attridge, Donald A. Hagner and Kathryn Greene-McCreight; providing a fitting conclusion to a radical academic project.

The review will be along in due course, but in the meantime take a look at the excellent line-up of contributors and topics from the Table of Contents:

Jon C. Laansma: “Hebrews: Yesterday, Today, and Future; An Illustrative Survey, Diagnosis, Prescription”

Frances M. Young: “Christological Ideas in the Greek Commentaries on the Epistle to the Hebrews”

D. Jeffrey Bingham: “Irenaeus and Hebrews”

Charles Kannengiesser: “‘Clothed with Spiritual Fire’: John Chrysostom’s Homilies on the Letter to Hebrews”

Daniel Keating: “Thomas Aquinas and the Epistle to the Hebrews: ‘The Excellence of Christ’”

Mickey L. Mattox: “Christology in Martin Luther’s Lectures on Hebrews”

R. Michael Allen: “The Perfect Priest: Calvin on the Christ of Hebrews”

Kelly M. Kapic: “Typology, the Messiah, and John Owen’s Theological Reading of Hebrews”

Bruce L. McCormack: “The Identity of the Son: Karl Barth’s Exegesis of Hebrews 1.1-4 (and Similar Passages)”

Daniel J. Treier and Christopher Atwood: “The Living Word versus the Proof Text? Hebrews in Modern Systematic Theology”

Harold W. Attridge: “Hebrews and the History of Its Interpretation: A Biblical Scholar’s Response”

Donald A. Hagner: “Hebrews: A Book for Today; A Biblical Scholar’s Response”

Kathryn Greene-McCreight: “Hebrews: Yesterday, Today, and Future; A Theologian’s Response”

(Special thanks to James Gordon for tipping me off to the book’s existence!)

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 29, 2012 6:26 pm

    This looks like a must read; thanks for highlighting this one, Darren.

  2. May 31, 2012 2:14 am

    I’ll be interested in hearing what you think of McCormack’s critique of Webster.

  3. June 4, 2012 10:13 pm

    I second James’ interest.

  4. June 6, 2012 9:58 pm

    So, seeing as this is a group blog (and that Jon and Adam are off in the North American wilderness), how’s this: Darren, you get the book Sundays through Wednesdays, and I’ll take it Thursdays through Saturdays. You can drop it off in my office tomorrow morning (trust me – this totally worked when I bought Ninja Gaiden II with my neighbor in junior high).

  5. June 7, 2012 10:27 pm

    Justin: No problem. I will just need to borrow Ninja Gaiden from you in exchange.

    Also, stop playing Ninja Gaiden and finish your thesis!

  6. June 8, 2012 2:50 pm

    I will never abandon the way of the Ninja.

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