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  • Series: New International Commentary on the New Testament
  • Hardcover: 792 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (April 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802824927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802824929
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grant Osborne
-- Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
"We are living in an age of incredibly good evangelical commentaries. Gary Cockerill's Hebrews is among the best, a first-rate work that is both readable and very deep. The centrality of rhetorical analysis and structural concerns adds a lot to the value of this work, and his insights about the use of the Old Testament in understanding the book's message are extremely helpful. . . . Readers will gain a fine understanding of this incredibly important epistle and its place in the life of the church."

I. Howard Marshall
-- University of Aberdeen
"It is no easy task to write a replacement for the work of such a scholar as F. F. Bruce on so demanding a book as Hebrews, but Cockerill amply justifies the trust placed in him by the editor of this series. In particular the attention that Cockerill pays to the author's use of the Old Testament and to the book's structure takes readers beyond Bruce's work. The exposition of the letter is profound and practical and yet so clearly presented that preachers will be particularly grateful for this volume."

David A. deSilva
-- Ashland Theological Seminary
"As in the best commentaries, this volume is more than a rehashing of scholarship; it is also a contribution to the same. Cockerill advances new proposals regarding the structure of the sermon and its author's hermeneutics of the Jewish Scriptures. Cockerill's Hebrews will proudly take its place alongside Attridge's, Lane's, and Koester's commentaries as an essential resource."

George H. Guthrie
-- Union University
"Gary Cockerill successfully integrates a thorough immersion in contemporary research on Hebrews with exegetical insight and pastoral sensitivity. This masterfully organized, crisply written commentary pulls together Cockerill's untiring work over the past three and a half decades. I highly recommend it."

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Chuang Wei Ping on July 1, 2012
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This exposition is premised on two themes. (1) The ultimate self-revelation of God's word in the Son was anticipated in the OT; the final word in the Son was a fulfilment of all that God has said before under the rubric of the prophets. (2) The promise of the Gospel is obtained through Christ by a pilgrimage to the heavenly "city", for those who hear, embrace and persevere in the word of God.

Hebrews is presented as a pastoral sermon. The message assumes the validity of OT passages. God has spoken in Psalms and other OT passages. Moses bears witness to things that would be spoken. The finality of Christ is shown by how Christ fulfils God's covenant in the Pentateuch. Through His word in the Son, God invites his people into a life based on the certainty of His promise of future salvation.

Gareth Cockerill's prose mirrors the powerful rhetoric of Hebrews. There is a certain hymnic quality about it, his twin themes pounding like a Gregorian chant. Cockerill's exposition shifts in three movements from the all sufficiency of Christ's sacrifice, through freedom from a broken old covenant, to the sanctuary of the new and better covenant.

I cannot pare down a single superfluous clause or word anywhere; it is a very crisp and intense read. A highlighter is superfluous, unless you are hunting for the many gems in the exegetical footnotes and helpful remarks in smaller print pacing the text, which reads like a parallel book explaining exhaustive secondary literature. Consider the whole commentary underlined, unless you are colour coding your own themes.

Cockerill's focus on his two main themes and tight structure leaves no room for familiar troublesome controversies, for which one has to fall back on other works. No Calvin versus Arminian debate etc.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Halo Faire on October 12, 2013
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One of the outstanding commentaries in the series .

The author clearly has an outstanding theological grasp of the book and shows great enthusiasm for its teaching.

Rarely have I seen combined great scholarship and pastoral insights combined in a 'heavy' commentary.

One of the great things in reading this work is the openness to let the text speak for itself, a lot of current commentaries are from the reform Calvinist school and they tend to focus with doctrinal sunglasses in their writings. But rarely does the author feel the need to toe a party line, he seems to much prefer to concentrate on what the author of Hebrews emphasizes as important. Repeatedly then his focus is on Jesus as the great saviour of our faith .

I have two or three other major commentaries on Hebrews which are helpful, but this one defiantly is a work of excellence
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By austenfan442 on July 13, 2013
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Dr. Cockerill's commentary is thorough yet accessible, providing great background, recent scholarship, and fascinating exposition of the text. He acknowledges diverse viewpoints while defending what he sees as the most accurate--it's not wishy-washy--and he admits when facts about this unique book are not certain. His dealing with the author's use of the OT is most beneficial and a great help to anyone seeking to understand the difference between the old and new covenants. I've only just begun using this as a reference for grasping Hebrews for a Sunday school project I'm working on and I don't think I'll need to use much else.
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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Hilby on May 6, 2013
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I was looking forward to this commentary. I appreciated the in-depth look at Hebrews. The author is definitely well acquainted with the subject and does a fine job in sharing his excitement of the material. This book of the Bible is one that we do not focus enough on in our churches today. Cockerill does his best when showing how the author uses the OT to explain the need for Christ, and the need for the people of that day to persevere in the face of the pressures upon them to renounce their faith, or to go on to accept the "faith" of the culture around them. He excels in bringing the OT system of Law, Tabernacle, Priest, and Sacrifice to life, thus showing how Jesus Christ became our high priest, wrote the law on our hearts, became our ultimate sacrifice, ushering us into the true tabernacle of God, through the veil of His own body.

My problem with Cockerill is mostly one of style. I have felt that he is a cheerleader for the author of Hebrews, rather than a scholar who is educating his readers. Foe example, on Hebrew 13:18-25, he states that these are not typical closing remarks (though they appear to be so) but are actually "carefully crafted" and "integral" to the rest of the letter. Even the question of what the word "for", or "therefore", even an "and" means in the context becomes a matter of joy and exclamation, with Cockerill asserting that the author is being quite brilliant with their usage and placement. Over time this becomes a problem. One wearies of the breathtaking announcement of each word usage, and word placement given page by page.

One of the greatest criticisms I have had, not only of this volume but of the series, (I have read 2 others so far, John and Romans), is that they focus more on proving a certain belief, i.e.
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