2016.02.03 | Albert Vanhoye. A Different Priest: The Epistle to the Hebrews. Translated by Leo Arnold. Rhetorica Semitica. Miami, FL: Convivium, 2011. Paperback. 450 pp. ISBN 9781934996201.
Albert Vanhoye. The Letter to the Hebrews: A New Commentary. Translated by Leo Arnold. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist, 2015. Paperback. V + 266 pp. ISBN 9780809149285.
Review article by Nicholas Moore.
Many thanks to Convivium Press and Paulist Press for providing review copies.
“He who walks with the wise grows wise.” These two books, freshly written and translated, offer to a new audience a distillation of over six decades of reflection, research, and teaching on the Letter to the Hebrews. Albert Vanhoye SJ, a former Rector of the Pontifical Biblical Institute and former President of SNTS who was made cardinal in 2006, is without any doubt one of the most significant French biblical scholars of the twentieth century. Throughout his long career Hebrews has remained his home turf, with significant contributions in the areas of structure, priesthood, and Christology, alongside constructive use of the letter in reflections on, for example, the nature and practice of ministry in the church and modern Christian-Jewish relations. Several of his works have been translated into English, but in these volumes Leo Arnold makes available to the Anglophone world for the first time Vanhoye’s commentary on Hebrews as a whole.