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Christopher T. Holmes

The Function of Sublime Rhetoric in Hebrews

A Study in Hebrews 12:18–29

[Die Funktion der erhabenen Rhetorik im Brief an die Hebräer. Eine Untersuchung von Hebräer 12,18–29.]

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In this study, Christopher T. Holmes offers an analysis of Hebrews 12:18–29 and its role in the larger argument of Hebrews. It argues that the first-century treatise, De Sublimitate, provides a significant context for interpreting the rhetoric and style of Hebrews and sheds new light on the thought and genre of Hebrews.
In this study, Christopher T. Holmes provides a focused analysis of the rhetorical and stylistic features of Hebrews 12:18–29, their intended effects upon the audience, and the role of the passage in the larger argument of Hebrews. He draws extensively from the first-century treatise, De Sublimitate, arguing that it provides a significant context for interpreting the rhetoric and style of Hebrews. Although New Testament scholars have drawn significantly from the ancient handbooks of Aristotle, Quintilian, and Cicero in the last several decades, this is the first monograph-length study to use De Sublimitate as the primary analytical tool for New Testament interpretation. The result of the study shows that the author's efforts to move the readers »beyond persuasion« shed new light on the thought and genre of Hebrews. Christopher T. Holmes offers both exegetical insights about Hebrews and an additional way to think about the distinctiveness of early Christian rhetoric.
Authors/Editors

Christopher T. Holmes Born 1983; 2016 PhD in New Testament at Emory University; visiting assistant professor of New Testament at McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University in Atlanta, GA.
https://orcid.org/0000.0002-4444-5664

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: New Testament Abstracts — 63 (2019), S. 159
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 144 (2019), S. 766–767 (Wilfried Eisele)
In: Journal for the Study of the NT — 41.5 (2019), S. 85 (Svetlana Khobnya)