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Letters and Homilies for Jewish Christians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Hebrews, James and Jude


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In this commentary on Hebrews, James and Jude, Ben Witherington applies his socio-rhetorical method to elucidate these letters within their primarily Jewish context, probing the social setting of the readers and the rhetorical strategies of the authors of the letters. Witherington examines the rhetorical and social sciences from a historical viewpoint and seeks to avoid most of the dangers of anachronism by limiting his "rhetorical commentary" to early Jewish rhetoric and Greco-Roman rhetoric which existed during the time. This book also features "Bridging the Horizon" sections to help readers assess the contemporary relevance of these ancient texts, and "Closer Look" sections that explore contemporary issues in more detail.

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Key Features

  • Provides commentary from a prominent New Testament scholar
  • Features a fresh look at Hebrews, James and Jude in light of recent study and socio-rhetorical concerns
  • Includes “Bridging the Horizon” sections to help readers assess the contemporary relevance of these ancient texts

Praise for the Print Edition

A perfect volume for those who might want to teach or preach from—but not necessarily specialize in—one of these letters, this commentary serves as an excellent basic reference for these often less familiar and under-appreciated New Testament sermons.

—Amy L. Peeler, for Koinonia, 2009

The value of this book is that Witherington offers a helpful exegesis of the text and wrestles with the issues that each book raises resulting in a commendable resource for students and pastors.

Michael F. Bird, lecturer in theology, Crossway College

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About Paul Barnett

Paul Barnett (PhD, University of Durham, England) is Professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author of many books on the New Testament, including Women and the Genesis of Christianity, Jesus the Sage, The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest. A frequent contributor to, Witherington has also appeared on numerous TV news programs such as Dateline, 60 Minutes, 20/20 and the Peter Jennings ABC special Jesus and Paul—The Word and the Witness.

  • Title: Letters and Homilies for Jewish Christians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Hebrews, James and Jude
  • Author: Ben Witherington III
  • Series: Letters and Homilies
  • Publishers: IVP Academic, Apollos
  • Print Publication Date: 2007
  • Logos Release Date: 2011
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. N.T. Hebrews › Commentaries; Bible. N.T. Hebrews › Socio-rhetorical criticism; Bible. N.T. James › Commentaries; Bible. N.T. James › Socio-rhetorical criticism; Bible. N.T. Jude › Commentaries; Bible. N.T. Jude › Socio-rhetorical criticism
  • ISBNs: 9780830867233, 9781844741984
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2020-09-03T18:58:34Z
Ben Witherington III

Ben Witherington III (PhD, University of Durham) is Jean R. Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. A prominent evangelical scholar, he is also on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. Witherington has written over forty books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top biblical studies works by Christianity Today. His other works include The Indelible Image, Women and the Genesis of ChristianityThe Gospel CodeA Week in the Life of Corinth and commentaries on the entire New Testament. He also writes for many church and scholarly publications and is a frequent contributor to Patheos and Beliefnet. Witherington is an elected member of the prestigious Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, a society dedicated to New Testament studies. He is a John Wesley Fellow for Life, a research fellow at Cambridge University and a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Society of Biblical Literature, Society for the Study of the New Testament and the Institute for Biblical Research. He previously taught at institutions like Ashland Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Duke Divinity School and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. An ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church and a popular lecturer, Witherington has presented seminars for churches, colleges and biblical meetings around the world. He has led numerous study tours through the lands of the Bible and is known for bringing the text to life through incisive historical and cultural analysis. Along with many interviews on radio and television networks across the country, Witherington has been seen in programs such as 60 Minutes, 20/20, Dateline and the Peter Jennings ABC special Jesus and Paul—The Word and the Witness


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  1. Christopher B

    Christopher B


    This promising looking volume was written by Prof Ben Witherington III, but the "About" paragraph at the end offers a biographical sketch of Dr. Paul Barnett. I am writing to enquire whether Faithlife has any plans to employ any freelance proof-readers, or if there is a "Spot the Deliberate Mistake Prize". ;) Joking apart, please accept my thanks for your excellent service and wide range of publications, together with my very best wishes for a truly blessed Christmas and New Year.


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