Jesus’ final cry on the cross—“it is finished”—captures the theology of Hebrews.
Thomas R. Schreiner clarifies Hebrews’s complex argument by keeping a sustained focus on its logical flow. He interprets Hebrews in light of its prominent structures of promise and fulfillment, eschatology, typology, and the relationship between heaven and earth. Schreiner probes the letter’s unique theological contributions, such as its presentation of Jesus’ divinity and humanity, his priesthood and sacrifice, the new covenant, warnings and exhortations, and the reward for those who persevere in Christ.
Tethered by a close reading of the text and the secondary literature, Schreiner leads the reader with skill and care through one of the New Testament’s most heavily weighted theological works. Pastors and lay students of the Word stand to benefit much from the exegetical labors and results of Schreiner’s work. More importantly, Schreiner’s commentary leaves the reader with a deep and abiding sense of the glory of Jesus Christ’s person and work. For what more could one hope?
Mark S. Gignilliat, Associate Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School
Balancing concise exegetical detail with thematic biblical theological insight, Schreiner traces the flow of thought through the book of Hebrews while highlighting its most important themes as they relate to the canon as a whole. Schreiner writes with clarity and precision that make his work a delight to read. This is an excellent example of exegetical and theological sensibilities brought together in one volume.
Darian Lockett, Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, Biola University
Schreiner accurately expounds Hebrews verse by verse. He then synthesizes the theology of the entire book, showing how the theology of Hebrews integrates with the theology of the Bible as a whole. The commentary will help pastors formulate a more biblical theology and explain the rich theology of Hebrews to their congregations.
Charles Quarles, Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Tom Schreiner’s new commentary on Hebrews, a Bible book that is considered difficult by many, will help both pastors and Christian believers in general appreciate the foundationally important theological emphases and spiritual challenges of this New Testament text. Readers will be enriched in their understanding of the manifold theological and exegetical traditions that feed into one of the New Testament’s most consistently pastoral compositions. And they will be challenged to internalize strategies for revitalizing believers who are in danger of succumbing to the pressures that belonging to a minority entails. The volume is a worthy contribution to the expanding commentary literature on Hebrews.
Eckhard Schnabel, Mary F. Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
“He writes for a practical reason, which becomes evident when we observe the warning passages that permeate the letter.” (Page 13)
“The main point of the first four verses is that God has spoken finally and definitively in his Son.” (Page 52)
“The words of the previous era are authoritative as the word of God, but they must be interpreted in light of the fulfillment realized in Jesus Christ.” (Page 53)
“however, for the word ‘shared in’ (μετόχους) denotes full participation.” (Page 185)
“The Son is also ‘the exact impression of his nature.’ The word translated ‘exact impression’ (χαρακτήρ) is used of the impression or mark made by coins.16 Here it denotes the idea that the Son represents the nature (ὑπόστασις) and character of the one true God.17 He reveals who God is, and thus he must share the divine identity. The Son cannot represent God to human beings unless he shares in the being, nature, and essence of God. The Son of God reveals the reality of the one true God.” (Page 57)
The Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary (EBTC) series locates each biblical book within redemptive history and illuminates its unique theological contributions. All EBTC volumes feature informed exegetical treatment of the biblical book and thorough discussion of its most important theological themes in relation to the canon—all in a style that is useful and accessible to students of Scripture and preachers of the word.
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Thomas R. Schreiner (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is associate dean and James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous books, including Romans (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament), Galatians (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament), New Testament Theology: Magnifying God in Christ, and The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments.