This semester I have to write a paper on the so-called warning passages in Hebrews. First, the debate about whether these passages teach one can lose his/her salvation really have no interest for me. It seems most people want to read these passages divorced from the their contexts, being more interested in the Calvinist-Arminian debate. I am convinced that if you just allow these passages to remain in their contexts and understand their coherence and cohesion to the discourse as a whole, there would be more of an understanding of there purpose in Hebrews.
On another note, Peter T. O’Brien’s new Pillar commentary on Hebrews has been released and it is fantastic! The introduction is well written (it is not a book in and of itself like Lane’s introduction in the WBC). I was very happy to see a section on discourse analysis, discussing the works of both Guthrie and Westfall. This is a neglected area of study in the overall structure of Hebrews, and O’Brien’s discussion of this is very helpful and informative. As I read more of this work I will post my thoughts.
Last, as I was leaving for class today there was a package on my front porch. A few weeks ago I tracked down a copy of Spicq’s commentary on Hebrews volume 1. If you know the scholarship of Hebrews, then you know that value of this work. I have been searching for a copy of this work for years, and was never able to secure one. It is a pain to track down, and seems to be as rare as finding oil in my home town. Nevertheless, I was able to find a copy of volume one through an online bookstore site in Europe. It was shipped from Holland, and boy is it in a rough state. It must be a first printing (1952), for it a paperback with very brittle pages that seem ready to go up in flames at the first strike of a match. I hope to be able to preserve it as best as possible, but I need to find out the best way to go about it.
Well, there may be some more Hebrews news in the future, but that is for another date altogether.