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The Function of Sublime Rhetoric in Hebrews: A Study in Hebrews 12:18–29
Holmes, Christopher T.

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018 pp. xviii + 234. $119.00

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Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 2/465

Description: In this study, Christopher T. Holmes provides a focused analysis of the rhetorical and stylistic features of Hebrews 12:18–29, their intended effects upon the audience, and the role of the passage in the larger argument of Hebrews. He draws extensively from the first-century treatise, De Sublimitate, arguing that it provides a significant context for interpreting the rhetoric and style of Hebrews. Although New Testament scholars have drawn significantly from the ancient handbooks of Aristotle, Quintilian, and Cicero in the last several decades, this is the first monograph-length study to use De Sublimitate as the primary analytical tool for New Testament interpretation. The result of the study shows that the author's efforts to move the readers »beyond persuasion« shed new light on the thought and genre of Hebrews. Christopher T. Holmes offers both exegetical insights about Hebrews and an additional way to think about the distinctiveness of early Christian rhetoric.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Hebrews and Catholic Epistles, Hebrews, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Rhetorical Criticism

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Review by David M. Moffitt
Published 5/28/2020
Citation: David M. Moffitt, review of Christopher T. Holmes, The Function of Sublime Rhetoric in Hebrews: A Study in Hebrews 12:18–29, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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