Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Book Review: Pioneer and Perfecter of Faith

Pioneer and Perfecter of Faith: Jesus' Faith as the Climax of Israel's History in the Epistle to the Hebrews. (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen Zum Untersuchungen Zum Neuen Testament 2.Reihe;) Published by Mohr Siebeck.

by Christopher A Richardson 

This is an excellent book. I originally did not think that the thesis that the examples of faith in Hebrews 11 point typologically to Christ would be all that convincing. I was more interested in the author's handling of Hebrews 2:13, 5:7-8, and 10:5-7. The author ably lays out his argument and defends it well. By laying the groundwork in chapter 2 with the background of Christ's faith in Hebrews and Christ as exemplar (pioneer and perfecter of faith), the author turns to examine Hebrews 11 in chapters 3 and 4. Chapter three focuses on the literary context of Hebrews 11 and in part goes into interesting background material in Greco-Roman rhetoric and 2nd Temple Jewish texts. Chapter 4 examines who each of the examples in Hebrews 11 contains certain typological anticipations of what Christ would do.

Therefore the examples in Hebrews 11 are not merely listed as individuals the Christian readers of the epistle should pattern their life after, but they are individuals who the author of Hebrews see in the Biblical narrative as those pointing to and fulfilled in Christ.

An excellent work. Recommended for those interested in Hebrews, NT studies, intertextuality, and the use of the OT in the NT.

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