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The Letter to the Hebrews in Eight Minutes

The Author of Hebrews Discovered At Last!

I’ve got to admit, I’d have never suspected William Butler Yeats, but if you can’t trust the New York Times, who can you trust?

He welcomed visitors with large-print messages on the walls. “Be not inhospitable to strangers, lest they be angels in disguise,” was one, quoting Yeats.

So, there you have it. Mystery solved.

(H/T: GetReligion)

Hebrews News

Tommy Wasserman announces the discovery of a new early manuscript of Hebrews.

Ken Schenck announces the successful defense of a new dissertation on Hebrews (and offers his own thoughts about “rest” in Heb 3–4).

SBL 2010

I’ll be driving up from Macon to Atlanta to attend a little bit of this year’s Society of Biblical Literature meeting.

Figuring out my Sunday schedule was fairly easy: In the morning I’ll be taking in the Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism Section, where I especially am looking forward to Silviu Bunta’s paper on “The Convergence of Adamic and Merkabah Traditions in the Christology of Hebrews.” The late afternoon will find me at the Hebrews Group meeting, hosted by fellow biblioblogger Ken Schenk. After lunch, I’ll either goof off in the exhibit hall or see if I can work in a visit to the Didache in Context Section at least long enough for Perttu Nikander’s paper on “Orality and Writing in the Context of the Two Ways and the Didache.” Then I’ll be at the annual biblioblogger’s dinner before heading back home.

Saturday is a bit more perplexing. Much time in the exhibit hall is definitely indicated, but do I want to go to the Didache in Context Section’s discussion of The Eucharist in the Didache? Or do I want to double up on Hebrews?

Hebrews Awesomeness

Can’t wait for Episode 2: The Devil Strikes Back.

(H/T: Ken Schenck)

Five Paragraphs

Browsing Amazon.com I discovered that Daniel J. Harrington devoted five paragraphs on pages 75-76 of What Are They Saying About the Letter to the Hebrews? (Paulist, 2005) to my published dissertation, thus proving—to my utter astonishment—that more than three people read the thing!

PS: It’s actually a pretty good summary!

A Liturgy from the Book of Hebrews 5

The concluding prayers of my experimental liturgy based on the language of Hebrews are fairly obvious choices. After the Lord’s Prayer and the Breaking of Bread comes the Communion proper:


(Upon receiving the bread: )

We have been sanctified once for all through the body of Jesus Christ. (Heb 10:10)

(Upon receiving the cup: )

This is the blood of the covenant that God has ordained for you. (Heb 9:20)

Prayer after Communion

We thank you, O living God,
that we have an altar
from which those who officiate in the tent
have no right to eat.

Since Jesus also suffered outside the city gate
in order to sanctify the people by his own blood,
let us then go to him outside the camp
and bear the abuse he endured.
For here we have no lasting city,
but we are looking for the city that is to come. (Heb 13:10, 12-14)

(A final hymn may be sung, then: )


Now may the God of peace,
who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus,
the great shepherd of the sheep,
by the blood of the eternal covenant,
make you complete in everything good
so that you may do his will,
working among us that which is pleasing in his sight,
through Jesus Christ,
to whom be the glory forever and ever.
Amen. (Heb 13:20-21)