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Expert help for understanding the Bible

Each volume in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series breaks down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers. They present a careful section-by-section exposition of the biblical books with key terms and phrases highlighted and all Greek transliterated. Notes at the close of each chapter provide additional textual and technical comments for those who want to dig deeper. A bibliography as well as Scripture and subject indexes are also included. Pastors, students, and Bible teachers will find in this series a commitment to accessibility without sacrificing serious scholarship.

This commentary reveals the true purpose of the book of Hebrews: to exhort and encourage Jewish Christians to remain faithful to Jesus and not to turn back to Judaism. These words of comfort, intended to help early believers to hold fast to the Christian hope without wavering in the face of persecution, ridicule, and insults, contain lessons that can guide our own faith today.

Donald A. Hagner is George Eldon Ladd Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he taught for more than thirty years. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Fuller Theological Seminary, and the University of Manchester (England), where he studied with F. F. Bruce. He is the author of Encountering the Book of Hebrews and a forthcoming introduction of the New Testament (Baker Academic).

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Donald A. Hagner (PhD, University of Manchester) is George Eldon Ladd Professor Emeritus of New Testament and senior professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is the author of Encountering the Book of Hebrews, The Jewish Reclamation of Jesus, New Testament Exegesis and Research: A Guide for Seminarians, and commentaries on Matthew and Hebrews. He is also coeditor of the New International Greek Testament Commentary and an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
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Product Details

  • Series: Understanding the Bible Commentary Series (Book 14)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books; Reprint edition (May 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801046483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801046483
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,127,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Donald A. Hagner is the George Eldon Ladd Professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, where he has taught for nearly thirty years. He is a graduate of Fuller, where he studied with Everett Harrison and George Ladd, and of Manchester University, where he studied with F. F. Bruce. Among his writings are commentaries on Hebrews and Matthew.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By moviebuff on March 22, 2011
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Donald Hagner is an outstanding biblical scholar and he has spent many years studying the book of Hebrews. This is an excellent expositional commentary (based on the NIV) which deals with all the issues in a very clear and understandable way, and does so in a non-technical way. Hagner does a great job of bringing out the themes of the Supremacy and Sufficiency of Christ and He touches upon the main themes: Christ as Ultimate Revelation, Christ is Greater than Moses, He is Superior to Aaron, and His Priesthood (in the order of Melchizedek) is superior to that of the Levitical Priesthood. He deals with all the issues, including the difficult passage in Hebrews 6: 4-5 (apostasy); his take on Heb. 6: 4-6 is that this passage is dealing with genuine Christians, who prove that their faith is genuine through perseverance in the faith. (Those who fall away were not genuine believers to begin with). He does not believe in the hypothetical argument. In the section on Heb. 4: 1-16, Hagner sees the "rest" as both present and future.

I liked how the NIBC commentary is organized. Hagner provides the reader with a general overview and explanation of each chapter in the book of Hebrews. Then at the end of every chapter, there is the "Additional Notes" section which provides further explanations of the specific words and phrases in Greek. I found the Additional Notes to be very helpful.

If you want a solid evangelical commentary that is rich in biblical insights and is accessible to both layperson, seminary student, and pastor alike, I would highly recommend this commentary. It is a good starter. I would highly recommend you purchase Donald Hagner's fuller overview of the book of Hebrews "Encountering the Book of Hebrews" in the EBS series (ISBN: 978-0-8010-2580-8).
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Good commentary and used for preparing a study guide. Lots of material and other scholars cited. Would buy it again.
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