Hebrews: 35 (The New American Commentary) Kindle Edition
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Particularly concerning Hebrews 12:14-17, 25-29 does Allen's view come to the forefront. I do not mean to demean the loss of rewards interpretation; my distaste with Allen's commentary is due to what D. A. Carson calls "cavalier dismissal" (in Exegetical Fallacies, Second Edition) of others' views. On 12:15's "fails to obtain the grace of God," Allen writes: "Hughes, in light of 12:1-2, took it as meaning falling behind in the race and failing to finish. He, along with Lane, wrongly interpreted it as implying apostasy" (585). By not explaining immediately after this why he finds Hughes and Lane wrong, Allen seems to dismiss their view in an almost rude manner. "Often what is meant by such cavalier dismissal is that the opposing opinion emerges from a matrix of thought so different from a scholar's own that he finds it strange,weird, and unacceptable (unless he changes his entire framework)," which I believe is the case with the above quote from Allen. "If so, something like that should be said, rather than resorting to the hasty dismissal which is simultaneously worthless as an argument and gratingly condescending" (Carson 118).Read more ›
However, I feel that this way of treating Hebrews makes the commentary unbalanced. For example, the first 4 verses of the commentary alone take up 66 pages while some other verses, especially in the second half of the book, are given light treatment.
This commentary is significantly more technical than the ones I'm used to in the NICNT, NICOT and Pillar series. A lot more ink is spilled on things like discourse analysis and Greek grammar. I do not know if this is true of the entire NAC series or only of this particular volume as this is my first NAC. If, like me, you're fond of the NICNT and Pillar commentaries, don't assume you'll like this one. And if even the NICNT and Pillar commentaries are too technical for you, you really should avoid this book.
The author's favorite way of exegesis is to keep himself in the background; he is quite satisfied to quote other commentators, one after another, sometimes for pages. It tends to make the commentary feel directionless and compromises the argumentative flow. Frequently, the author recounts in some detail all the different interpretations the various commentators give, then leave off without any indication about his preference.Read more ›
I was especially interested in this commentary for two main reasons:
1) Dr Allen has long advocated the position that Luke wrote Hebrews - this was his doctoral thesis many years ago. Now in this commentary, Dr Allen expounds on the authorship of Hebrews (one of the more thorough discussions I have read on the topic), and why it is that he believes Luke to be the author.
2) I have heard Dr Allen preach on some passages in Hebrews. He is a preacher and a professor of preaching. As such, he writes from a perspective, not simply of a scholar, but of a pastor and teacher.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a brilliant commentary. The author has clearly put in a lot of hardwork into this commenary and his understanding of the Greek is exceptional and he is spot on when... Read morePublished 5 months ago by George Varelas
Good commentary although rather dull. It was a necessity for my college classwork.Published 13 months ago by A. Moss
I am teaching Hebrews this quarter and this commentary has been a great help. A little technical for someone who never studied Greek but it has helped me to learn more. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Weldon L. Hester
This is a technical (rather than semi-technical or sermonic) commentary which is very well footnoted for those who want to dig deeper into any given section or issue. Read morePublished 23 months ago by J D Marshall
This a very exegetical commentary by a truly great scholar. His knowledge of the book of Hebrews is unsurpassed. Read morePublished 23 months ago by William Perry
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