Some Resources on Hebrews

I have been doing preparation for a module on Hebrews. This post draws attention to some resources that may be useful both to my students (including those who might want to do a bit of preparatory work!) and to others who would like to explore Hebrews for themselves. Because there is already an excellent blog (see the details below) that provides a remarkable array of resources, this post simply lists a small selection of materials that seem to me useful starting points. I hope it will be helpful and may encourage readers to become more familiar with Hebrews.

Videos

First of all, I would encourage anyone trying to get an initial orientation to Hebrews to watch this short overview of Hebrews from the Bible Project.

For much more detail, this series of lectures given by Don Carson is excellent. Although Carson refers to Greek from time to time, he can be followed easily by those without Greek. You can download his outline too.

A short course on Hebrews has been produced by Third Millennium Ministries. This is a wonderful resource that includes professional-quality videos and written materials that may be accessed at absolutely no cost. The teaching videos include clear presentation of the key issues, careful discussion of specific texts, and brief interviews with well-known scholars, including Craig Keener, Eckhard Schnabel, and Don Carson. The discussion forum videos are fascinating collections of short interviews with numerous scholars who offer their own perspectives on the various topics, leaving the viewer to weight up the various views. Although this course will be particularly useful to students, I would encourage anyone interested in the Scriptures to watch it. This is only one course among many offered by Third Millennium Ministries.

Blog

Brian Small has an excellent blog, dealing with various matters relating to Hebrews, entitled Polumeros kai Polutropos (the blog title is the opening phrase of Hebrews in Greek). This blog is intended to be a resource for both the church and the academy and points to a vast range of resources. Any serious student of Hebrews should become familiar with this blog.

Bibliographical Resources

Any serious study of Hebrews will require engagement with commentaries and other writings. There are several web sites that can point you to useful sources. In addition to the extensive bibliographical resources provided at Polumeros kai Polutropos, you might wish to look at the Denver Journal New Testament Bibliography and a rated list of commentaries on Hebrews at the Best Commentaries site.

A new commentary that may be of interest to preachers, students and other readers comes from Jon Laansma of Wheaton College. You can find details here.

Several important PhD theses on Hebrews are freely available online. One of the most important recent works is David Moffitt’s dissertation, ‘A New and Living Way: Atonement and the Logic of Resurrection in the Epistle to the Hebrews’ (Duke University, 2010). The full thesis can be downloaded here.

 

If readers have suggestions of other particularly useful resources for studying Hebrews, please do send me a message at thesethingsarewritten@gmail.com, and I will consider adding them to this post.

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