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Despising Shame: Honor Discourse and Community Maintenance in the Epistle to the Hebrews Paperback – 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0788502019 ISBN-10: 0788502018

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Product Details

  • Series: Dissertion Series / Society of Biblical Literature (Book 152)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Society of Biblical Literature (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0788502018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0788502019
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,010,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David A. deSilva (Ph.D., Emory University) is Trustees' Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio and an ordained elder in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.  He is the author of over twenty books, including An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods & Ministry Formation (2004), Seeing Things John's Way: The Rhetoric of the Book of Revelation (2009), and Introducing the Apocrypha (2002) and a hundred journal articles and contributions to reference works and collections of essays. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
The book is an innovation to the bibliography of the Epistle to the Hebrews. The author applies a type of analysis that combines the methods of sociological approach and rhetorical criticism. During the past, a lot of rhetorical approaches took place on the Epistle to the Hebrews, but none of these approaches took into account the social status of the recipients of the Epistle or the values of honor and shame that according to the book direct the language of the text. Desilva, in the whole book, examines the rhetorical techniques of the author of the Hebrews in comparison with the principles and methods of the rhetorical handbooks of the ancient world. Therefore he turns to Aristotle, Isocrates, Cicero, Stoics and Quintilian. Honor and shame are examined also in the books of the Old Testament (Wisdom of Solomon, Wisdom of Ben Sira, 4 Maccabees and Proverbs). During that period, Christians had a very specific social status. They were a minority culture with particular characteristics and ideas that marginalized them from the world they lived. We learn from the text of Hebrews that the recipient community was in front of the danger to abandon their faith because of the difficulties they had already passed. The author of the Epistle is trying to persuade them to endure all these difficulties by stressing the example of Christ's Passion (12:2). It seems to me very important that the relationship between believers and Christ is placed in another level, that of honor and shame, pivotal values for Mediterranean people, or the model of patron and clients. These are two models borrowed from Social Sciences and especially from Cultural Anthropology, as they put into practice in New Testament Interpretation. They help us to understand behaviour and life of the ancient persons.Read more ›
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David deSilva majored in English at Princeton University (AB, 1987), received a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary (1990), and completed a doctorate in New Testament studies at Emory University (1995). He has taught on the faculty of Ashland Theological Seminary since 1995 and has been named Trustees' Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek since 2005. David is also ordained in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has served as an organist and choir director in Episcopal, Lutheran, and United Methodist churches since 1985. He is married to Donna Jean Heitman deSilva, with whom he shares three sons. For a complete list of publications, including journal articles and contributions to reference works, please visit his web site at https://sites.google.com/a/ashland.edu/daviddesilvaphd/home.