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The Characterization of Jesus in the Book of Hebrews
Small, Brian C.

Leiden: Brill, 2014 pp. xvi + 401. $181.00

Series Information
Biblical Intepretation Series, 128

Description: In The Characterization of Jesus in the Book of Hebrews Brian Small applies the tools of literary and rhetorical criticism to reconstruct the author of Hebrewís portrayal of Jesusí character. The author of Hebrews uses a variety of literary and rhetorical devices in order to develop his characterization of Jesus. The portrait that emerges is that Jesus is a person of exemplary character, who exhibits both divine and human character traits. Some of the traits reveal Jesusí greatness while others reveal his moral excellence. Jesusí exemplary character plays a prominent role in the authorís argument and has profound implications for his audience. Jesusí character produces many benefits for his followers and his character entails certain obligations from his followers.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament, Hebrews and Catholic Epistles, Hebrews, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Pseudepigrapha, Greco-Roman Literature, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Rhetorical Criticism, Theological Approaches, Ethics

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Review by Felix H. Cortez
Published 6/11/2015
Citation: Felix H. Cortez, review of Brian C. Small, The Characterization of Jesus in the Book of Hebrews, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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