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David M. Allen

Deuteronomy and Exhortation in Hebrews

A Study in Narrative Re-presentation

[Das Deuteronomium und Ermahnung im Hebräerbrief. Eine Studie über erzählerische Repräsentation.]

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David M. Allen discusses Hebrews' use of the narrative and text of Deuteronomy to shape its exhortations. By engaging with the various references that Hebrews makes to the Deuteronomic text, he argues that Hebrews becomes a »new« Deuteronomy and challenges its predecessor's contemporary hegemony
David M. Allen examines the way in which Deuteronomy operates within the paraenetic sections of Hebrews, both at a micro-level (in terms of citation or allusion to the prior text) and at a macro-level (how broad Deuteronomic themes are treated within the discourse). There is extensive treatment of Deuteronomic quotations and echoes, particularly from the Song of Moses (Deut 32), as well as analysis of Hebrews' borrowing of Deuteronomy's covenantal blessing/cursing imagery. The author discusses the way in which Hebrews shares Deuteronomy's sermonic tone and paraenetic urgency, and how both texts rhetorically position their audience at the threshold of entry into their salvation goal, typified by the promised land. He further discusses how Hebrews replays Deuteronomy's use of the wilderness generation as the paradigm of covenantal disobedience and how both texts exhibit a complex interweaving of the past, present and future moments. Finally, David M Allen examines the extent to which Hebrews stands in the tradition of 're-presentations' of Deuteronomy, echoing the way in which other 2nd Temple Jewish texts alluded to it for the purposes of their respective communities. He concludes that Hebrews does not just use Deuteronomy; it becomes a »new« Deuteronomy and challenges its predecessor's contemporary hegemony.

David M. Allen Born 1972, 2007 PhD at the University of Edinburgh; currently Tutor in New Testament Studies at the Queen's Foundation in Birmingham, U.K.


The following reviews are known:

In: New Testament Abstracts — 52 (2008), S. 598
In: Journal for the Study of the OT — 33.5 (2009), S. 187 (R.P. Gordon)
In: The Expository Times — 120 (2009), S. 302–303 (Brandon D. Crowe)
In: Journal for the Study of the NT — 31.5 (2009), S. 112–113 (Ronnie Sim)
In: Salesianum — 71 (2009), S. 800–801 (Rafael Vicent)
In: Bulletin for Biblical Research — 20 (2010), S. 137–138 (Charlie Trimm)
In: Old Testament Abstracts — 32 (2009), S. 421 (C.T. Begg)
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 135 (2010), S. 312–314 (Georg Gäbel)
In: Revue d'histoire et de Philosophie Religieuses — 89 (2009), S. 426–427 (Ch. Grappe)
In: — (04/2012) (Clifford Kvidahl)