Allegory Transformed
The Appropiation of Philonic Hermeneutics
in the Letters to the Hebrews

Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament
Series No. 2, Vol. 269

By Stefan Nordgaard Svendsen
December 2009
Mohr Siebeck
Distributed by Coronet Books
ISBN: 9783161499685
273 pages
$117.50 Paper Original

Scholars have long discussed whether the writer of Hebrews might have been influenced by Philo of Alexandria. In spite of any disagreement, though, academics have almost universally concurred that even if bits and pieces of Philo's thinking should have filtered through to Hebrews, Philo and Hebrews certainly differed with respect to their biblical hermeneutics. Philo, the philosopher, read the Old Testament allegorically, whereas the Christian author of Hebrews committed himself only to typological exegesis.

Stefan Nordgaard Svendsen challenges this consensus, arguing that the writer of Hebrews not only employed Philo's allegorical method, but also developed his own readings of Scripture through critical rereadings of Philo's exegetical results. This study sheds new light on the intellectual framework of Hebrews as well as on the letter's purpose and rhetorical strategies.



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