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  • Series: Pillar New Testament Commentary
  • Hardcover: 630 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (February 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802837298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802837295
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Peter T. O'Brien is senior research fellow in New Testament at Moore Theological College, Sydney, Australia. His other books include the NIGTC commentary on Philippians and the Pillar commentary on Ephesians.

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If you want to go deeper, I highly recommend this book.
Ashley L Hodge
Next to P.E. Hughes commentary, this is the best work on Hebrews I have found.
David Gough
I strongly recommend this commentary to any other serious Bible students.
Phillip S.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Ched Spellman on September 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The book of Hebrews is both a masterpiece and an enigma.

Serious readers of the letter have always recognized the powerful effect of its carefully crafted discourse. They have also grappled with the implications of its theologically complex message. With his contribution to the Pillar New Testament Commentary series on The Letter to the Hebrews, Peter O'Brien takes his place in this long line of interpreters. Research fellow at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia, O'Brien is a well-established figure in the world of New Testament studies.

As with most commentaries, O'Brien begins with a brief overview of the introductory issues (1-43). O'Brien holds that the author of Hebrews was a prominent leader among the churches and a competent exegete exceedingly familiar with the Old Testament Scriptures. The letter was most likely written in the mid first century to Jewish Christians located in Rome and in danger of returning to some form of Judaism. As a "word of exhortation," Hebrews takes the form of a written sermon meant to be "read aloud again and again" (22). The many sermonic qualities of the text such as the use of the first person, the language of speaking and hearing, and the intimacy of the discourse confirm this observation.

Accordingly, the structure of the book reflects this "complex interplay between exposition and exhortation" that runs throughout, with "major turning points" at 4:14-16 and 10:19-25 and central theological exposition in chapters 5:1-10:18 (34). Theologically, Hebrews stands within the mainstream of early Christian tradition but also contributes its own distinctive developments.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ashley L Hodge on November 10, 2010
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I always hesitate to start digging into a commentary of over 500 pages. Many are written in a way that is difficult to keep the reader interested. Not the case with this commentary. I think O'Brien did a great job of putting the cookies on the low shelf. I learned a lot about Hebrews through O'Brien's scholarship and the knowledge motivated me towards life application and transformation. I was studying the book with a group of friends. We used NT Wright's "Hebrews for Everyone" as our main study guide. It was good but light. If you want to go deeper, I highly recommend this book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Sweeney on February 15, 2012
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Hebrews is one of my favorite books of the New Testament. The author was a master of Greek, the Old Testament and rhetoric. The way he moves through comparing Moses and Melchizedek with Christ is incredible. He gives us an insight into how we ought to understand and interpret the Old Testament. Nevertheless, there are things in this letter (or sermon) that can be difficult to understand. Many people throughout history have been quick to make hasty conclusions about portions of Hebrews, myself included. It would be beneficial for all of us to think carefully about this very important NT book.

Peter O'Brien's commentary on Hebrews helps us do that. He writes with a scholars sharp thinking and a pastor's heart. He understands that this isn't just an academic exercise, he is offering a guide to aid men in the proclamation of God's Word to his people. There is more at stake than scholastic street cred.

Most importantly, for a commentary on Hebrews sensitive to pastoral concerns, he deals generously and carefully with the infamous warning passages. As he explores the text he clearly explains the constructions and the available options. Whether everyone will be convinced of his conclusions is not the ultimate value of O'Brien's commentary. Instead, he shows how we can be gracious and careful in our Bible study. This is a model that we can all follow and benefit from.

This is a welcome addition to any pastor's library. O'Brien's careful exegesis will help any minister or bible study leader as they lead their people through this beautiful and powerful book of the NT.

NOTE: In accordance with the regulations of the Federal Trade Commission I would like to state that I received a complementary copy of the aforementioned text for the purposes of review. I was not required to furnish a positive review.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Phillip S. on February 8, 2013
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I had first purchased the Pillar New Testament Commentary on the Gospel of John because I have always appreciated D.A.Carsons writings. When I learned that he was the general editor of this commentary series and after looking through his commentary on John I decided to purchase another of the series. Hebrews as well as the others that I have have all met and exceeded my expectations. This commentary provides all the information and insight I was looking for and is clear for a serious student of the Bible. I strongly recommend this commentary to any other serious Bible students.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jordan Atkinson on June 21, 2012
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On bestcommentaries.com, O'Brien's commentary on Hebrews is not yet ranked, but this is no indication that O'Brien's commentary is somehow inferior to other commentaries; it merely confirms that it takes time for commentaries to be ranked according to that website's ranking system. As it is, O'Brien's commentary is on par with Lane's. O'Brien does not provide his own translation (as with other PNTC works, he uses the TNIV translation), but O'Brien is more readable than Lane (simply because the PNTC does not have the format drawbacks of the WBC). The one drawback to O'Brien's commentary is his style of citation. Being an Australian professor, O'Brien's formatting for citation differs from American English formatting in that O'Brien inevitably places the end punctuation after the end quotation. Other than this formatting difference, O'Brien's commentary is excellent. I would not say that it is better than Lane's, but I would say that it is practically Lane's equal.
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