Monday, January 19, 2015

James Swetnam's Online Commentary on Hebrews

I am sure I am a bit late in noticing this, but Rev. James Swetnam, S.J., Professor Emeritus of the Pontifical Biblical Institute, and one of the leading scholars on the Epistle to the Hebrews, having studied it for over 50 years, has produced an online commentary on the epistle over at his website,  James Swetnam's Close Readings. At a bit over 200 pages, he spends most of his time on the text proper, providing an invaluable resource for students of the enigmatic epistle.

By my rough count, Swetnam has produced 37 articles on Hebrews alone, to go along with hundreds of other publications. His dissertation, Jesus and Isaac: A Study of the Epistle to the Hebrews in the Light of the Aqedah (Analecta Biblica, 94; Rome, Biblical Institute Press, 1981), was written under the supervision of Morna Hooker. Enjoy the rare treat of a free publication from a master scholar.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

sIs Father Swetnam still at Jesuit Hall, 3601 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri

I was a CCD student and acolyte under his tutelage in the '50s -- in Fraser and Denver, Colorado.

I would like to contact Fr. Swetnam and express my continued memory of him and my appreciation and gratitude for all that he so gently and carefully gifted to my older brother and me.

I appreciate your assistance.

You can reach me at

God Bless You