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Old Testament Quotations in Hebrews: Studies in their Textual and Contextual Background
Walser, Georg A.

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013 pp. xv + 220. $126.00

Series Information
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2.Reihe, 356
Edited by Jörg Frey

Description: Georg A. Walser investigates the use of the Old Testament (Gen. 47:31b; Ps. 40:7b; Jer. 31:33) in the Letter to the Hebrews, taking the complicated textual history of the quotations into account, especially the Septuagint and the possibility that different Hebrew texts may underlie the Greek translation. Further, he draws on the assumption that Hebrews was composed in a Jewish context, where the Old Testament text had been interpreted for a long time. It is also presupposed that this exegesis was handed down in the post Second Temple Jewish community and in the early church. Hence primary sources, such as Talmud, Midrash and early church fathers, are consulted. The author shows that several versions of Old Testament texts were interpreted, which had a decisive impact on the exegesis and that some versions of the texts were favoured in the Jewish context while others were preferred in the early Church.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Septuagint, New Testament, Hebrews and Catholic Epistles, Hebrews, Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Historical Approaches

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Review by Brian C. Small
Published 1/22/2015
Citation: Brian C. Small, review of Georg A. Walser, Old Testament Quotations in Hebrews: Studies in their Textual and Contextual Background, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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