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Many scholars have written fine commentaries on Hebrews, and Mitchell stands on their shoulders, noting where he proposes alternate interpretations. Mitchell pays particular attention to the reliance of the author of Hebrews on the Greek Old Testament (the Septuagint). He also compares the language of Hebrews with similar usage and ideas of first-century Hellenistic Jewish authors, notably Flavius Josephus and Philo of Alexandria. Furthermore, he situates Hebrews against the background of the tradition of Hellenistic Moral Philosophy, where that is appropriate. Mitchell thus locates Hebrews in its proper thought-world, something that is essential for the modern reader in dealing with some of the thornier questions raised by this biblical book. Chief among these are the role of sacrificial atonement, the question of "second repentance," and the spiritual and moral formation of the Roman Christians who were its recipients.
Like all the volumes in the Sacra Pagina series, this work examines the text in detail, with careful attention to the words and phrasing, and then brings those individual insights together into a coherent summary. The bibliography and special lists appended to each chapter cover the best of recent scholarship on the Letter to the Hebrews. Paperback.
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Liturgical Press
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Sacra Pagina
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-The Expository Times
"This commentary provides a thorough yet accessible treatment of Hebrews that will serve both specialists and nonspecialists well. The thought world of Hebrews can seem strange to many, but M.s work opens up the text in an engaging manner that invites continued exploration of a fascinating New Testament work."
"[S]ucceeds in demystifying the strange world encountered in Hebrews without distorting its message. Very few commentaries on this rich composition provide the same breadth of analysis in the same amount of space."
-Catholic Biblical Quarterly
"[Mitchell] follows the helpful format of this fine series . . . including a fresh translation with annotation of key points, and then a more synthetic exposition of the meaning of the text."
-The Bible Today
"The beauty of the Letter to Hebrews is inseparable from its complexityto save the one while explaining the other is the principal challenge to the interpreter. Alan Mitchell meets that challenge superbly by telling us complicated things simply, without a trace of condescension."
-Wayne A. Meeks, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
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