The letter to the Hebrews is unique in the New Testament for its focus on the priesthood of Jesus and its interaction with the Old Testament. But beyond this deep theology, Hebrews is a practical book that addresses the very real challenges believers face when life gets difficult.
In Hebrews Verse by Verse, the late Grant R. Osborne, with George H. Guthrie, shows readers how this beautifully crafted letter encourages believers to endure in faithfulness to Jesus. By using Scripture and theology to lay the foundation for these exhortations, the central message of Hebrews continues to be relevant for the church today. Osborne’s commentary delves into the grand implications of Christ’s identity and its importance for our spiritual lives.
Lexham Press is proud to announce a New Testament commentary series from respected biblical scholar Grant R. Osborne. His seminal work, The Hermeneutical Spiral, has become a standard for biblical interpretation, and as a culmination of his life’s ministry, he's bringing his academic acumen to an accessible, application-focused commentary.
The Osborne New Testament Commentaries interpret Scripture verse by verse, bridging the gap between scholarship and the Church. This set of commentaries is for people seeking a straightforward explanation of the text in its context, avoiding either oversimplification or technical complexity. Osborne brings out the riches of the New Testament, making each book accessible for pastors and all who consider themselves students of Scripture.
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With this new series, readers will have before them what we—his students—experienced in all of Professor Osborne's classes: patient regard for every word in the text, exegetical finesse, a preference for an eclectic resolution to the options facing the interpreter, a sensitivity to theological questions, and most of all a reverence for God's word.
—Scot McKnight, Julius R. Mantey Professor in New Testament, Northern Seminary
The Osborne New Testament Commentaries draw from the deep well of a lifetime of serious study and teaching. They present significant interpretive insights in a highly accessible, spiritually nurturing format. This is a tremendous resource that will serve a new generation of Bible readers well for years to come. Highly recommended!
—Andreas J. Kӧstenberger, Founder of Biblical Foundations™, senior research professor of New Testament & biblical theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Today we can draw this key teaching from Hebrews, a teaching that has inestimable relevance for our spiritual lives: Your perseverance in the Christian faith will be in direct proportion to the clarity with which you see who Jesus is and what he has accomplished on our behalf. If you and I really grasp (1) Christ’s identity, that he is the eternal Son of God, Creator of the world, Lord of all that is (1:1–14), who became incarnate (2:10–18), and who (2) lived and died for us as our high priest and great sacrifice for sins (2:17–18; 5:1–10; 7:1–28; 9:1–10:18), it will help us greatly in enduring in the Christian life. This was the purpose for which Hebrews was written.” (Page 10)
“Third, Hebrews was written to address real-life, nitty-gritty challenges that believers faced at a critical time in the church’s development.” (Page 2)
“Hebrews is one of the most beautifully crafted books in all of Scripture. Yet we need to understand that the theological depth, the exegetical brilliance in dealing with the old covenant Scriptures, the powerful examples, and stern warnings all work together for a single purpose—to encourage those who were struggling spiritually to endure in following Jesus.” (Page 9)
“Second, Paul and the author of Hebrews have very different ways of introducing Old Testament quotations.” (Page 4)
“the author seems to have had a lot of training in Jewish synagogues of the Mediterranean world” (Page 6)
Grant R. Osborne was for many years professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of numerous books, including The Hermeneutical Spiral: A Comprehensive Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, and commentaries on Revelation (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament), Romans (IVP New Testament Commentary), Matthew (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament), and John, James, 1–2 Peter, and Jude (Cornerstone Biblical Commentary). He also taught at Winnipeg Theological Seminary and the University of Aberdeen, and he pastored churches in Ohio and Illinois.
George H. Guthrie is professor of New Testament at Regent College. He has published commentaries on Hebrews (NIV Application Commentary) and 2 Corinthians (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament). He also has written a number of works designed to equip the church to better understand and apply Scripture, including Reader’s Guide to the Bible (LifeWay), Reading God’s Story (Broadman & Holman), and Read the Bible for Life (Broadman & Holman).