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 require for students in an Old Testament introductory course in a situation where the goals were more critical, this is the one that I decided on. Knowing that Attridge had a significant role to play in that work gives me high expectations for Essays on John and Hebrews.
For those who may not be familiar with Attridge’s background, a great deal more information can be found HERE. As a few highlights, Attridge has BA and MA degrees from Cambridge University, and his PhD is from Harvard. He is currently on faculty at Yale University Divinity school as the Reverend Henry L. Slack Dean and Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament. He has served as the president of the Society of Biblical Literature. His list of publications is pretty incredible, though some of us might not be terribly familiar with them, as some of them seem pretty specialized. At a more general level, his commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews in the Hermeneia series may be most widely known.
In light of Attridge’s background, if you are looking on a volume on John and Hebrews by a top-notch scholar, this text seems to be a very good candidate. Up next, I will post an overview of the contents of the book.