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Faith and the Faithfulness of Jesus in Hebrews (by Matthew C. Easter)
Part of Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series
DATE PUBLISHED: October 2014A
ISBN: 9781107063211

Abstract

This volume is the first to investigate manifestations of faith in the book of Hebrews across four dimensions: ethical, eschatological, Christological, and ecclesiological. Matthew C. Easter illustrates that two contrasting narrative identities emerge in Hebrews: the author of the epistle proclaims that “we are not of timidity unto destruction, but of faith unto the preservation of the soul” (Hebrews 10:39). Easter classifies the former as the default human story, which lacks faith and results inevitably in death. The latter represents the story of faith, in which one endures suffering to the point of death and thereby achieves eschatological life. The epitome of faithfulness, Jesus confirms the truth of this conclusion and perfects faith through his resurrection. Humans participate in the story of faith by enduring suffering with the traveling people of God and, in doing so, look forward to being raised with Jesus.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
Part I. The Default Human Story:
2. The pessimistic human story
3. The eschatological hope unrealized
Part II. The Rewritten Narrative:
4. Shared destinies: the hopeful conclusion realized in Jesus
5. The faithfulness of Christ
6. The stories meet: faith in Hebrews 10:37–39
Part III. Participating in the New Story:
7. Human faith in Hebrews
8. Conclusion