Saturday, November 22, 2008

The third post at SBL on Hebrews

Ken's reading is a reasonable one I think - anyone else there?

Friday, November 21, 2008

Another interesting post on Hebrews

Ken is delivering this talk tomorrow in Boston. I met him in Scotland in 2006 at a conference on Hebrews.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thinking about the house in Hebrews

See this post. Perhaps Ken's paper will be available from SBL later.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Reading the Old Testament

Interesting article here related to our discussion of how Christ is prefigured in the OT but also how the texts stand on their own.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Material for Hebrews 8

I will not be here on Monday

Here is a note on Hebrews 8 that may be of interest

Friday, October 10, 2008


Did we ever have a reading for completeness to hand and we did not use it!

Surely even in the context of Hebrews, the issue of completeness is in the covenant. This is what the first century writer would have heard even in the Greek for perfect:
הִתְהַלֵּךְ לְפָנַי, וֶהְיֵה תָמִים

[hithalak lpni vhiyeh tamim]
Genesis 17:1
Walk [same word as halakah - the Jewish name for 'doing the Torah'] before me [in front of my face] and be complete.

He goes on - and I will make a covenant between me and thee and will multiply thee exceedingly - already the writer is playing on the name that יְהוָה will give Abraham - father of a great multitude [or a great noise - av (father) ra (great as prefix) hamon (noise, multitude)].

Tamim occurs frequently in TNK: in Genesis 6:9 of Noah, in Exodus 12:5 and many other places in Leviticus and Numbers concerning the unblemished offering, (a theme picked up in Ephesians 5:27), Deuteronomy 18:13, frequently in the Psalms [here's a link], and so on.

This is the perfection of Hebrews: equivalent exactly to the perfection noted in the completing of the work that Jesus came to do. It is the word τελειόω teleio in Greek related to telos - end/purpose, and tetelestai - it is finished. (See John 19:28 and John 19:30).

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A few current posts on Hebrews

Ken Schenck has a few recent notes that might be of interest to students of Hebrews.