The Epistle to the Hebrews

The Epistle to the Hebrews

The Epistle to the Hebrews

The Epistle to the Hebrews

Synopsis

This commentary by Gareth Lee Cockerill offers fresh insight into the Epistle to the Hebrews, a well-constructed sermon that encourages its hearers to persevere despite persecution and hardships in light of Christ's unique sufficiency as Savior. Cockerill analyzes the book's rhetorical, chiastic shape and interprets each passage in light of this overarching structure. He also offers a new analysis of the epistle's use of the Old Testament -- continuity and fulfillment rather than continuity and discontinuity -- and shows how this consistent usage is relevant for contemporary biblical interpretation. Written in a clear, engaging, and accessible style, this commentary will benefit pastors, laypeople, students, and scholars alike.

Excerpt

It is with considerable mixed emotions that I (gladly) introduce this commentary to the reading public. On the one hand, this work represents a signal end of an era for this commentary series, since it is both replacing a commentary by the second general editor (F. F. Bruce) and is the final editorial task of the third general editor, whose onsetting bout with Alzheimer’s disease has necessitated his relinquishing this task, even though a few additional replacement volumes are still in the mill, as it were. I have had the privilege of working with Gary Cockerill quite closely over the past several years, and am pleased heartily to commend this commentary to the primary intended readership of this series — the proverbial “busy pastor” and biblical students in colleges and seminaries. the reader will quickly recognize that the author is not only well acquainted with the secondary literature on this great biblical book, but has also brought his own deep love for the author of Hebrews and his work to the task so that it shines throughout these pages. I am glad to be able to commend it to one and all.

Gordon D. Fee

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