The Epistle to the Hebrews and Christian Theology

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The second annual St. Andrews Conference on Scripture and Theology brought leading biblical scholars and systematic theologians together in conversation, seeking to bridge the growing gap between these disciplines. Reflecting the convergence of the Old Testament's cultic theology, Hellenistic ideas, and early Christian thinking, the epistle to the Hebrews provides a perfect foundation for this fruitful dialogue. / The contributors examine a number of key theological themes in the letter to the Hebrews: the person...
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Overview

The second annual St. Andrews Conference on Scripture and Theology brought leading biblical scholars and systematic theologians together in conversation, seeking to bridge the growing gap between these disciplines. Reflecting the convergence of the Old Testament's cultic theology, Hellenistic ideas, and early Christian thinking, the epistle to the Hebrews provides a perfect foundation for this fruitful dialogue. / The contributors examine a number of key theological themes in the letter to the Hebrews: the person and nature of the Son, his high-priestly work, cosmology, the epistle's theology of Scripture, supersessionism, the call to faith, and more. Unlike many modern treatments, this substantial volume considers Hebrews in both its ancient context and against our modern backdrop. / Edward Adams, Loveday Alexander, Harold W. Attridge, Richard Bauckham, Markus Bockmuehl, Daniel Driver, Douglas Farrow, Trevor Hart, Richard B. Hays, Stephen R. Holmes, Morna D. Hooker, Edison M. Kalengyo, Mariam J. Kamell, Bruce L. McCormack, Nathan MacDonald, I.Howard Marshall, R. Walter L. Moberly, Carl Mosser, Mark D. Nanos, Nehemia Polen, John Polkinghorne, Ken Schenck, Oskar Skarsaune, Daniel J. Treier, John Webster, Ben Witherington III, Terry J. Wright.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802825889
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/25/2009
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Bauckham is professor emeritus of New Testament studies at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and senior scholar at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. A fellow of both the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, he has also written Bible and Mission: Christian Witness in a Postmodern World.

Daniel R. Driver is assistant professor of religious studies at Tyndale University College, Toronto.

Professor of divinity at St. Mary's College, University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Nathan MacDonald is lecturer in Old Testament at St. Mary's College, University of St. Andrews. His other works include Not Bread Alone and Deuteronomy and the Meaning of 'Monotheism.'

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Contributors xi

Abbreviations xiii

Introduction Nathan MacDonald 1

The Christology of Hebrews

The Divinity of Jesus Christ in the Epistle to the Hebrews Richard Bauckham 15

"With Loud Cries and Tears": The Humanity of the Son in the Epistle to the Hebrews Bruce L. McCormack 37

One Who Is Son: Theological Reflections on the Exordium to the Epistle to the Hebrews John Webster 69

God in Hebrews Harold W. Attridge 95

The Problem of Hebrews' Cosmology

A Scientist Looks at the Epistle to the Hebrews John Polkinghorne 113

The Cosmology of Hebrews Edward Adams 122

The Seal of Approval: An Interpretation of the Son's Sustaining Action in Hebrews 1:3 Terry J. Wright 140

The Problem of Hebrews' Supersessionism

"Here We Have No Lasting City": New Covenantalism in Hebrews Richard B. Hays 151

Does the Letter to the Hebrews Articulate a Supersessionist Theology? A Response to Richard Hays Oskar Skarsaune 174

New or Renewed Covenantalism? A Response to Richard Hays Mark D. Nanos 183

Christ, the "End" of the Cult Morna D. Hooker 189

Leviticus and Hebrews ... and Leviticus Nehemia Polen 213

The Soteriology of Hebrews

Death in the Afternoon: Hebrews, Sacrifice, and Soteriology Stephen R. Holmes 229

Soteriology in Hebrews I. Howard Marshall 253

Hebrews and the Modern World

Melchizedek and Modernity Douglas Farrow 281

The Sacrifice of Christ and Ganda Sacrifice: A Contextual Interpretation in Relation to the Eucharist Edison M. Kalengyo 302

Hebrews' Theology of Scripture

God Has Spoken: Hebrews' Theology of the Scriptures Ken Schenck 321

Speech Acts, Hearing Hearts, and Other Senses: The Doctrine of ScripturePracticed in Hebrews Daniel J. Treier 337

The Call to Faith in Hebrews

Exemplars of Faith in Hebrews 11: Abel R. Walter L. Moberly 353

Abraham's Faith in Hebrews 11 Markus Bockmuehl 364

By Faith Moses Nathan MacDonald 374

Rahab Outside the Camp Carl Mosser 383

Prophets and Martyrs as Examplars of Faith Loveday Alexander 405

Reexamining Faith: A Study of Hebrews 10:19-12:14 and James 1-2 Mariam J. Kamell 422

The Conquest of Faith and the Climax of History (Hebrews 12:1-4, 18-29) Ben Witherington III 432

Index of Names 438

Index of Scriptures and Other Ancient Writings 444

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