Luke Timothy Johnson


Book Details

Series: New Testament Library
Categories: Hebrews
Tags: Technical

Book Information

Pages: 432
Publisher: Presbyterian Publishing
Published: 2006
ISBN-10: 0664221181
ISBN-13: 9780664221188


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4.59999998410543 out of 5 based on 6 user ratings
Scot McKnight December 18, 2009 4.59999990463257 5
John Glynn September 20, 2008 5 5
University of the Saarland Saarbrücken, Germany Die Auslegung von L. T. Johnson geht nach einer ausführlichen Einleitung (1–60) eng am Text des Hebr entlang: Nach einer kurzen Einführung in den Textabschnitt folgt jeweils eine Übersetzung des griechischen Textes mit textkritischen Anmerkungen. Anschließend bietet Johnson eine versweise Auslegung, die vor allem auf die theologischen Inhalte abhebt. Die Diskussion mit Sekundärliteratur findet statt, jedoch in einem nicht allzu zu breiten Rahmen. Eingefügt sind sieben Exkurse zu den Themen: Engel, die Wüste als Paradigma, Leiden und Glaubensgehorsam, Melchisedek, Alter und Neuer Bund, Heiligtum, Lob der Väter Israels. Mögliche thematische und rhetorische Gliederungen des Hebr diskutiert Johson zwar (9–14), legt in der Kommentierung aber keine solche thematische oder rhetorische Gliederung zugrunde, sondern analysiert nacheinander 27 Perikopen. Unter rhetorischen Gesichtspunkten gehört der Hebr nach Johnson zur „deliberative rhetoric with epideictic features“ (13). Dabei sei seine hochstehende, gewählte Sprache reich an Metaphern. Der Autor appelliere sowohl an die ratio wie auch die emotio. Seine Struktur sei durchgehend geprägt durch den Wechsel von Auslegung (exposition) und Ermahnung (exhortation) (15). [Full Review]
This commentary is a welcome contribution to recent literature on Hebrews. Substantial in content and readable in form, it will help a wide range of readers appreciate the message and artistry of this challenging New Testament book. The opening lines of Johnson’s introduction strike an important tone, pointing out that the unnamed author of Hebrews summons people to a vision of reality and a committed faith that is at once distinctive, attractive, and disturbing. In the pages of Hebrews, modern readers find a world that is very different from the one that is familiar to them. It is a world in which the unseen is more real and attractive than that which can be seen and touched. “In a word, Hebrews proposes as real a world that most of us consider imaginary” (2). Moreover, Hebrews stretches readers’ perspectives with a Christology that is replete with tensions between Jesus’ humanity and divinity, his crucifixion and exaltation. In the portrayal of Christ as high priest, the author invokes notions of sacrifice that will seem alien to many people today. To follow the Christ depicted in Hebrews means embarking on a course that requires endurance and a willingness to suffer for the sake of the faith. Entering into full maturity as God’s children means being transformed by the suffering that comes from obedience, following the path of Jesus. [Full Review]

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