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Perseverance In Gratitude: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews
David A. deSilva

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Format: Paperback, 560pp.
ISBN: 9780802841889
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Pub. Date: February 2000

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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.


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.

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.
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David A. deSilva is Associate professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio.

Table of Contents

  1. Responding to God’s Word and Work in the Son: Hebrews 1:1–2:18
  2. The Inexpediency of Distrust: Hebrews 3:1–4:13
  3. Jesus, Our Guarantor of God’s Favor: Hebrews 4:14–5:10
  4. Honoring God Necessitates Perseverance: Hebrews 5:11–6:20
  5. Jesus, the Better-Qualified Mediator of God’s Favor: Hebrews 7:1–8:13
  6. The Decisive Removal of Sin’s Defilement: Hebrews 9:1–10:18
  7. Draw Near to God and to Each Other: Hebrews 10:19-39
  8. Faith’s Orientation in the World: Hebrews 11:1–12:3
  9. In Training for the Kingdom: Hebrews 12:4-29
  10. Living in Gratitude to God: Hebrews 13:1-25
  11. Bibliography
    Index of Modern Authors
    Index of Texts Cited

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