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The Letter to the Hebrews in Social-Scientific Perspective

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A lot of mystery surrounds the book of Hebrews, especially regarding its authorship, date, and audience. But by asking the right kind of questions, one can move beyond the impasses typical of historical investigation. In this volume, David deSilva explores...


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A lot of mystery surrounds the book of Hebrews, especially regarding its authorship, date, and audience. But by asking the right kind of questions, one can move beyond the impasses typical of historical investigation. In this volume, David deSilva explores Hebrews through a social-scientific lens, asking one of the most important questions when interpreting letters and sermons: What was going on in the community to occasion such a response? DeSilva looks for clues concerning the anonymous author, his education level, the influence of the Greek environment, and his perception of his own authority. In addition, by forming a social profile of the audience that includes location, ethnicity, and class status, deSilva brings to light the author's aims of helping protect Christian converts from persecution and social shame. This book not only helps the sermon "to the Hebrews" take on flesh and blood for contemporary readers; it also expands the readers' tools for asking fresh questions and exploring new dimensions in biblical texts.

A lot of mystery surrounds the book of Hebrews, especially regarding its authorship, date, and audience. But by asking the right kind of questions, one can move beyond the impasses typical of historical investigation. In this volume, David deSilva explores Hebrews through a social-scientific lens, asking one of the most important questions when interpreting letters and sermons: What was going on in the community to occasion such a response? DeSilva looks for clues concerning the anonymous author, his education level, the influence of the Greek environment, and his perception of his own authority. In addition, by forming a social profile of the audience that includes location, ethnicity, and class status, deSilva brings to light the author's aims of helping protect Christian converts from persecution and social shame. This book not only helps the sermon "to the Hebrews" take on flesh and blood for contemporary readers; it also expands the readers' tools for asking fresh questions and exploring new dimensions in biblical texts.
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David A Desilva

David A. deSilva (PhD., Emory University) is Distinguished' Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. He is the author of numerous books including 4 Maccabees (Septuagint Commentary Series); the forthcoming 1 Peter (Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity Series), II Corinthians (New Covenant Commentary), Galatians (New International Commentary on the New Testament), Jude (Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament), Revelation (Socio-Rhetorical Commentaries), An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods & Ministry Formation; Introducing the Apocrypha: Context, Message and Significance; New Testament Themes; Perseverance in Gratitude: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews; Honour, Patronage, Kinship and Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture, and The Hope of Glory: Honour Discourse and New Testament Interpretation. He holds ordination in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.
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