Christology, Hermeneutics, and Hebrews Profiles from the History of Interpretation

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2014-01-02
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury T&T Clark
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This book discusses the history of the interpretation of the Letter to the Hebrews across the last two millennia. Beginning with the Patristic period, essays go 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.

Author Biography

Jon C. Laansma is Associate Professor of Ancient Languages and New Testament at Wheaton College, Illinois, USA.

Daniel J. Treier is Associate Professor of Theology at Wheaton College, Illinois, USA.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
1. Hebrews: Yesterday, Today, and Future: An Illustrative Survey, Diagnosis, Prescription - Jon C. Laansma
2. Christological Ideas in the Greek Commentaries on the Epistle to the Hebrews - Frances M. Young
3. Irenaeus and Hebrews - D. Jeffrey Bingham
4. ‘Clothed with Spiritual Fire': John Chrysostom's Homilies on the Letter to Hebrews - Charles Kannengiesser
5. Thomas Aquinas and the Epistle to the Hebrews: ‘The Excellence of Christ' - Daniel Keating
6. Christology in Martin Luther's Lectures on Hebrews - Mickey L. Mattox7. The Perfect Priest: Calvin on the Christ of Hebrews - R. Michael Allen
8. Typology, the Messiah, and John Owen's Theological Reading of Hebrews - Kelly M. Kapic
9. The Identity of the Son: Karl Barth's Exegesis of Hebrews 1.1-4 (and Similar Passages) - Bruce L. McCormack
10. The Living Word versus the Proof Text? Hebrews in Modern Systematic Theology - Daniel J. Treier and Christopher Atwood
11. Hebrews and the History of Its Interpretation: A Biblical Scholar's Response - Harold W. Attridge
12. Hebrews: A Book for Today; A Biblical Scholar's Response - Donald A. Hagner
13. Hebrews: Yesterday, Today, and Future; A Theologian's Response - Kathryn Greene-McCreight
Index of References to Premodern Sources
Index of Authors

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