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The Place of Paideia in Hebrews’ Moral Thought
Davis Jr., Philip A.

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018 pp. xii + 291. $125.00

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Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 2/475

Description: In Hebrews 12:1–17 the author seeks to encourage the readers by interpreting their sufferings as paideia from God. Scholars have typically interpreted this paideia either as corrective reproof or formative training, but by examining the passage in light of Hebrews' ethics, the ancient practice of corporal punishment, and the author's quotation of Proverbs 3:11–12, Phillip A. Davis, Jr. shows this dichotomy to be untenable. The main problem Hebrews addresses is the danger of sinning, not apostasy per se. Yet because Hebrews rejects second repentance, paideia cannot be corrective. At the same time, ancient education had as its goal moral formation, which always involved the pain of physical punishments. The author draws on this commonplace to suggest that the pain of the audience's sufferings should be taken as a concomitant part of their formation in the righteousness the epistle demands of them.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Hebrews and Catholic Epistles, Hebrews, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Greco-Roman Period, Literary Approaches, Theological Approaches, Theological Interpretation

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Review by Brian C. Small
Published 5/21/2020
Citation: Brian C. Small, review of Philip A. Davis Jr., The Place of Paideia in Hebrews’ Moral Thought, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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