Is Hebrews 4.12-16 Christological?

“The word of God.” That is a title we often use for Scripture and as such, it seems that this is the intent of Hebrews 4.12-13. The message of God. The Law. The Gospel. Something dealing with God’s utterance. I hear that interpretations to the contrary are largely abandoned. The christological explanation has been generally abandoned since Calvin, even by A. T. Hanson 1965, who interprets the previous passage christologically. If the word of God were intended to mean Christ, one would not expect him to be compared with an inanimate object such as a weapon.1 What sayeth ye?


Scratchpad – Impossible to restore repentance?

The question is the title, sorta. It was asked by a classmate. Here is my answer. ______ Yes. The author of Hebrews believed that at a certain point, it was hopeless for the Christian who rejected Christ to be re-redeemed. This passage is not the only one – although there is a discussion on this passage in the original language as to which is the proper order in translation, and the proper sense of some of those verbs – to address this issue in this epistle. We find that the premise of warning is the occasion of the letter.


Scratchpad: Hebrews and Long Ago Imagery

This week, we are studying the Epistle to the Hebrews. The question as to talk about one passage and the imagery contained therein. _____ Hebrews 1.1-3 is a favorite passage of mine because in it, I find my Christology, especially centered on the word ὑποστάσεως, but the entire chapter is a harkening back to the prophets of a mythological and foggy time, the era of the better days, so to speak. Here, the author sets out the tone of the homiletic discourse and showcases his (or her, since the author is unknown) style of how he will take various

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Essays on John and Hebrews – Evaluation

This is the third in a series of posts in which I am reviewing Essays on John and Hebrews by Harold Attridge from Mohr Siebeck.  The previous two posts have dealt with the author and contents. As a doctoral student who has focused on Biblical Hebrew and Applied Linguistics, I am an expert on neither the Gospel of John nor the Epistle to the Hebrews.  However, as someone whose masters work was in Biblical Studies more generally, I am well-versed enough to be acquainted with some of the more important issues within the scholarly study of those two books

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Essays on John and Hebrews – Contents

This is a continuation of my review of Essays on John and Hebrews by Harold Attridge and published by Mohr Siebeck.  As suggested by the title, this book is a collection of essays on these two books Biblical books. In terms of the division of the contents, the essays are not quite evenly split between John and Hebrews.  The main body of the text is right around 350 pages, with around 200 devoted the Gospel of John and around 150 devoted to the Epistle to the Hebrews.  This is somewhat reflective of the length of John as compared with

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Essays on John and Hebrews – Author

This is the first time that I’m reviewing a book for Joel’s blog.  But, in seminary, I was taught that a book review should consist of information about the author, an overview of contents, and a reaction.  In this post, I’ll give a bit of background information on Harold Attridge whose essays fill out this collection of Essays on John and Hebrews from Mohr Siebeck. I am not a New Testament scholar, but my first acquaintance with Attridge’s work was in the HarperCollins Study Bible for which he was an editor.  When I was looking for a Bible to

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Essays on John & Hebrews by Harold Attridge – “In the mail”

Well, technically this wasn’t “in the mail” because Joel is visiting Louisiana and gave this to me in person.  But, I want to say thank to Mohr Siebeck for sending a copy of Essays on John and Hebrews by Harold Attridge. I will be writing a couple of posts about the book once I have had the opportunity to read through it.  However, my first impression is a very good one, though perhaps it is a bit shallow ;-).  The book looks and feels absolutely beautiful.  It is a tightly bound hardcover.  The dustjacket and front and back covers