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Perseverance in Gratitude
A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews
PAPERBACK; Published: 3/13/2000
ISBN: 978-0-8028-4188-9
580 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6.25 x 9.25

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DESCRIPTION
This commentary is the first to fully apply the resources of socio-rhetorical analysis to Hebrews. Insights into the cultural and social world of the audience are combined with analysis of the author's rhetorical strategy and ideology to create a rich, three-dimensional reading that helps unravel key issues in the interpretation of the epistle. David deSilva's reflections on application concluding each section also make his commentary valuable to seminarians and pastors seeking to make Hebrews relevant to today's world.
REVIEWS
Church Times (U.K.)
"Dr. deSilva's fine commentary concentrates on the author's rhetorical techniques, and how they related to the interests of the listeners; hence his title. It is lucid, and rich in quotations from ancient guides to speech-making, commenting on the text not word by word, but following the sweep of the rhetorical design."
Interpretation
"This is an innovative and important full-scale commentary on one of the lengthiest and least-appreciated books in the New Testament. It is written in an engaging, generally non-technical style that should make it attractive to interested laypeople as well as students, pastors, and scholars. . . DeSilva has written an enthusiastic commentary that offers valuable insights and many particular suggestions about how the letter's teachings apply today. "
The Bible Today
"This fine new commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews is intended as a resource for scholars, theology students, and pastors. Its rich theological and pastoral content justify such a broad scope."
The Expository Times
"DeSilva picks his way through the thickets with clarity and assurance. . . His judicious assessment of interpretative options is generally convincing, as in his discussion of the present/future tension preserved in the concept of 'rest' in Hebrews. . . Here is a commentary of first rank that will serve a wide-ranging readership prepared for in-depth study."
Catholic Biblical Quarterly
"An engaging and well-written contribution to the study of Hebrews. . . The commentary has much to offer scholars, yet it is written in a clear and accessible style, with sections that offer reflections on the significance of Hebrews for people today, so that it can profitably be read by teachers, students, and pastors."

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