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Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing, 2013. Pp. x + 145. ISBN: 978-0-8028-6466-6. $20.00 [Paperback].
The Epistle to the Hebrews presents a multi-layered christocentric form of divine revelation. Finding some parallel to the Johannine Logos, Heb 1:1–4 presents the speaking acts of God manifested in a person, the Son of God. That is, God speaks simultaneously through the prophets of old and through his Son. This Word—Jesus, that is—must be kept and heeded carefully (Heb 2:1). It is this “W/word” that created the universe (Heb 11:3; cf. Gen 1:3). With Hebrews presenting a Word-Christology, or a divine christocentric revelation, what must the interpreter do with Heb 4:12–13? The “Word” is living and active. So then, when we hear from God, we are confronted with the presence of Jesus and vice-versa. When we encounter Jesus, we are confronted with the words of God.