Author Archives: Mike Kibbe

About Mike Kibbe

I am a recent graduate of the PhD (NT) program at Wheaton College, having completed my dissertation on the Sinai theophanies in relation to their use in Hebrews 12. I have been married to Annie (Kerns) for 7 years, and we have one son, Sean, who was born February 2012. I currently teach undergraduate New Testament courses at Wheaton.

Review: The World of the New Testament, edited by Joel B. Green and Lee M. McDonald

Joel B. Green and Lee Martin McDonald, eds. The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013. The World of the New Testament (hereafter WNT) contains 44 essays covering a wide array of … Continue reading

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Review of Georg Walser’s OT Quotations in Hebrews

Wasler, Georg. Old Testament Quotations in Hebrews. WUNT 2/356. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013. According to Walser, recent scholarship on Hebrews has failed to take into account the complexity of biblical text-traditions that existed in the first century CE, especially as … Continue reading

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Review of McKelvey, Pioneer and Priest: Jesus Christ in the Epistle to the Hebrews

Indisputably, “pioneer” (Heb 2:10; 12:2) and “priest”/“high priest” (2:17; 3:1; 4:14–15; 5:5–6, 10; 7:11, 15, 17, 21, 26; 8:1, 4; 9:11; 10:21) are key descriptions of Jesus in the letter to the Hebrews. In this brief volume (205 pp., including appendices) McKelvey … Continue reading

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Review of Jared Calaway’s The Sabbath and the Sanctuary

Calaway, Jared. The Sabbath and the Sanctuary: Access to God in the Letter to the Hebrews and Its Priestly Context. WUNT 2/349. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013. The basis thesis of this book (a published version of Calaway’s dissertation, completed in … Continue reading

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Review of Whitfield, Joshua Traditions and the Argument of Hebrews 3–4

Whitfield, Bryan J. Joshua Traditions and the Argument of Hebrews 3–4. BZNW 194. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2013. Bryan Whitfield, Assistant Professor of Christianity at Mercer University, argues in this revised edition of his dissertation (written at Emory University) that the … Continue reading

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“I’ve been reading Farrow on the ascension.” “Which Farrow? Protestant or Catholic?” “Catholic.” “Oh, that’s too bad.” I know, I know, this is supposed to be a book review. But I’ve had enough conversations like the one above to get … Continue reading

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The Real Spiritual Presence of Christ at the Table (A Dialogue with John Davis’ Worship and the Reality of God: An Evangelical Theology of Real Presence)

What is real? Davis begins his book with three possible answers to that fundamental question: scientific naturalism (modernity), digital virtualism (postmodernity), and trinitarian supernaturalism (eternity). “In the first, there is one ultimate reality (matter-energy); in the second, there are many … Continue reading

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Dialoging About Dialogue Partners: Theological Interpretation of Scripture in Christology, Hermeneutics, and Hebrews

Christology, Hermeneutics, and Hebrews—Profiles from the History of Interpretation. Edited by Jon C. Laansma and Daniel J. Treier (LNTS 423; London: T&T Clark, 2012). Thanks to T&T Clark for providing a review copy of this book. What makes interpretation “theological”? … Continue reading

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What Then Shall We Say? A Reflection on Death and Resurrection

Is it cliché to speak of the resurrection in the face of death? Some questions only have one right answer. We know from Job’s story that silence in the face of death is often the best place to start, though … Continue reading

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Atonement, Hebrews and NT Theology

Moffitt, David M. Atonement and the Logic of the Resurrection in Hebrews (NovTSup 141; Leiden: Brill, 2011) Twice (in both cases by people qualified to say such things) in recent weeks I have heard David Moffitt’s recently published dissertation referred … Continue reading

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