Essays on John and Hebrews

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Internationally renowned New Testament scholar Harold Attridge illuminates key aspects of John and Hebrews, two of the most theologically compelling and complex New Testament books. Attridge explores the literary and cultural traditions at work in the text and its imaginative rhetoric, which aims to deepen faith in Christ by giving new meaning to his death and exaltation. He situates his literary analysis within the context of the history of religion and culture in the first century, with careful attention to both Jewish and Greco-Roman worlds. Several essays focus on gnostic traditions. Originally published by Mohr Siebeck in the Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament series, this work is now available as an affordable North American paperback.
A. Essays on John
Introductory Issues
1. Johannine Christianity
2. The Restless Quest for the Beloved Disciple
Religio-historical Issues
3. The Gospel of John and the Dead Sea Scrolls
4. Philo and John: Two Riffs on One Logos
A Literary Orientation to the Fourth Gospel
5. Genre Bending in the Fourth Gospel
6. The Cubist Principle in Johannine Imagery: John and the Reading of Images in Contemporary Platonism
Specific Analyses
7. Argumentation in John 5
8. Thematic Development and Source Elaboration in John 7:1-36
9. "Seeking" and "Asking" in Q, Thomas, and John
10. An "Emotional" Jesus and Stoic Tradition
11. "Don't Be Touching Me": Recent Feminist Scholarship on Mary Magdalene
12. From Discord Rises Meaning: Resurrection Motifs in the Fourth Gospel
History of Interpretation and Gnosticism
13. The Gospel of Truth as an Exoteric Text
14. Heracleon and John: Reassessment of an Early Christian Hermeneutical Debate
15. Valentinian and Sethian Apocalyptic Traditions
B. Essays on Hebrews
16. Liberating Death's Captives: Reconsideration of an Early Christian Myth
17. "Let Us Strive to Enter That Rest": The Logic of Hebrews 4:1-11
18. "Heard Because of His Reverence" (Heb 5:7)
19. The Uses of Antithesis in Hebrews 8-10
20. New Covenant Christology in an Early Christian Homily
21. Paraenesis in a Homily: The Possible Location of, and Socialization in, the "Epistle to the Hebrews"
22. God in Hebrews: Urging Children to Heavenly Glory
23. Giving Voice to Jesus: Use of the Psalms in the New Testament
24. How the Scrolls Impacted Scholarship on Hebrews

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"Attridge is a fine scholar and it is a pleasure to have ready access to his essays on John and Hebrews. His diverse, detailed studies often bring new insights, particularly through his precise attention to linguistic nuance, and his sensitivity to the theological interplay of word and image. . . . The quality of many individual contributions stands out, and the unity and significance of the collection is enhanced by Attridge's distinctive interest in how religious language and imagery function in Hellenistic texts influenced by Greek philosophy and Christianity."

Jane Heath,

Journal for the Study of the New Testament

"[Attridge] has devoted much of his scholarly work to the Gospel of John and the letter to the Hebrews, the focus of this collection. His work concentrates on the rhetorical character of these rich New Testament texts and their relationship to literary forms and concepts echoed in the wider Greco-Roman world. Attridge's erudition and clarity of thought make this body of essays substantial fare, particularly for scholars interested in these two key New Testament texts."

Donald Senior, CP,

The Bible Today