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ISBN-13: 978-0300139891 ISBN-10: 0300139896

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  • Series: The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries (Book 36)
  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (May 29, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300139896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300139891
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Greek --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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One of early Christianity's most carefully crafted sermons, Epistle to the Hebrews addresses listeners who have experienced the elation of conversion and the heat of hostility, but who now must confront the formidable task of remaining faithful in a society that rejects their commitments. The letter probes into the one of most profound questions of faith: If it is God's will that believers be crowned with glory and honor, why are the faithful subject to suffering and shame? Through the stories of Abraham and Sarah, Moses, and Rahab, whose faith enabled them to overcome severe trials and conflicts, and through the story of Jesus himself, whose sufferings opened the way to God's presence for all, the sermon confirms the foundations of the Christian faith.

In a magisterial introduction, Koester presents a compelling portrait of the early Christian community and examines the debates that have surrounded Epistle to the Hebrews for two millennia. Drawing on his knowledge of classical rhetoric, he clarifies the book's arguments and discusses the use of evocative language and imagery to appeal to its audience's minds, emotions, and will. Providing an authoritative, accessible discussion of the book's high priestly Christology, this landmark commentary charts new directions for the interpretation of Epistle to the Hebrews and its influence on Christian theology and worship. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The information and insight are thought provoking and informative.
Erin J.
Every series of Bible Commentaries which addresses all 66 books (more if the Deuterocanonical Books are included) has its high points and its low points.
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He has a view on Hebrews that is slightly different than many of the authors I have read, but it is an interesting and compelling approach.
David A. Bielby

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Erin J. on September 27, 2005
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Koester is consistent throughout the commentary and has in depth research to back up his conclusions. The technical scholar will enjoy the book because it has a notes section that deals with the Greek grammer and technical issues and then a comments section that takes the form of a theological commentary. The lay person will get more out of the comments section because it is in a more reader friendly style. The information and insight are thought provoking and informative. The format is layed out by the Editors of the Anchor Bible Series, but Craig has included his historical studies on how the book of Hebrews has been read throughout the history of the Church.
The strength of the book lies in the fact that Koester sees three stages of growth in church that are the recipients of this letter. The first stage being the one that started in the power and and demonstration of the Spirit. The second stage was one in which they had to resist compromising and apostasizing with the persecution that had come their way. The third stage was one in which they lost property and some were tempted to give up and so the writer of Hebrews according to Koester is writing to remind them where they had come from and to encourage them not to give up.
Perhaps the weakness, in my opinion, is that Koester sees too much Greco-Roman influence on the writer and his community and not enough Jewish i.e. Temple influence upon the writer and his community. In this regard I think that Koester has misread and misses on some of his conclustions.
I highly recommend this book to the scholar and the serious student of the Bible. Koester does present a wide variety of thought on the book and this is definately worth the read.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David A. Bielby VINE VOICE on July 19, 2007
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Honestly I bought this commentary because someone recommended it, but I didn't expect it to surpass many of the others I looked at. But it did.
Koester has provided the best overview of the history of church use on Hebrews that I have found anywhere. Just reading the beginning 100 pages of this commentary is worth the purchase price.

He has a view on Hebrews that is slightly different than many of the authors I have read, but it is an interesting and compelling approach. He demonstrates this view by simply providing an outline of his own translation along with his own section titles. I am not sure that I'm convinced by his view, but he makes a strong case in the least.

For scholars, this work has a lot of meat. His cross references to extra biblical material are extensive as are his theological links. For the pastor/bible teacher, this author provides a wealth of information. It tilts towards the technical side of things rather than the inspirational, so may be best used in the early and middle stages of exegesis.

For those who are interested in the background influences of a book like Hebrews, Koester's dealing with Platonic influence is (in my view) a relatively mature perspective. For example, on pg 98 he has a theological summary of Hebrews with a series of topics in mind. One of them is the 'Cosmos' and it's influence in Hebrews. There he gives a quick summary of two broad views of Hebrews, and a short list of significant authors who hold to each of the two views (but his list reaches back to the second century in church history). He then suggests that both approaches have an appeal, but also miss the mark a tad, and that an adjusted view incorporating both perspectives is probably the order of the day.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Russell Gaulke on December 22, 2008
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This is a wonderful indepth commentary for the preacher and motivated lay person on this admittedly obscure homily. Along with Long in the Interpretation series, these would be the only two commentaries a pastor would ever need. I have found Koester to be insightful in his wrestling with the text and almost always helps you come to a clear understanding of the book's many twists and turns. Buy it, you'll like it.
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I'm Craig Koester, the Asher O. and Carrie Nasby Professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary. My writing centers on biblical interpretation, whether I'm producing accessible books for a wide readership or more specialized studies that explore the world of the New Testament. A key to the process is careful listening to the biblical texts and to the questions that readers ask about them. My hope is that my readers will find exploring the New Testament to be engaging and rewarding. Topics vary but a persistent theme is what gives life. I'm married to Nancy Koester, who writes on American religious experience. You can find out more at www.craigkoester.com.

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