Christology, Hermeneutics, and Hebrews: A Summary

With book like Christology, Hermeneutics, and Hebrews, it is difficult for me to write a true review of the book; I would be stuck writing thirteen separate reviews for each of the chapters in the book. So instead I offer an apology for why you should read this book. If time permits, I will post a thought or two in the future on certain chapters of the book

The subtitle of the book—Profiles from the History of Interpretation—informs you from the start the direction of the book. The authors trace the history of the christological interpretation of Hebrews through some of the earliest Greek commentators like Chrysostom and Cyril of Alexandria, the medieval works of Aquinas, the Reformers Calvin and Luther, and finishing in the modern period with three essays on modern interpretation of christological interpretation from a two biblical scholars and theologian. The essays highlight an aspect of a famous interpreter from the past and how they understood the christology of Hebrews in their days.

For a student of Hebrews, this book is a must read! Each of the essays offers the reader a robust history in christology and a better reading of some of the key texts in Hebrews. One final note. The essays by Attridge and Hagner are incredible! Both of these seasoned Hebrews scholars have much to offer. I found that reading these two essays first helped guide my reading of the remaining essays. In all I would recommend Christology, Hermeneutics, and Hebrews to every serious student of Hebrews as well as the reader who wants to gain a better understanding of the history of interpretation and how is develops through time.


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