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Philip Edgcumbe Hughes, theologian and New Testament scholar, is an Anglican clergyman and the author of numerous writings. In addition to this work on Hebrews, his books published by Eerdmans include Commentary on the Second Epistle to the Corinthians (New International Commentary on the New Testament), Lefèvre: Pioneer of Ecclesiastical Renewal in France, and The True Image.
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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (September 14, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802803229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802803221
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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If there is a "must-read" commentary on Hebrews, it is the contemporary classic by Philip Hughes. He is particularly helpful in drawing out theological implications of the text. Hughes points out many redemptive-historical truths while providing good exegetical observations. Following an introduction which includes an outline and synopsis of Hebrews as well as discussion of theme, origin, authorship, and date, Hughes makes a detailed verse-by-verse study of the text. Technical points are dealt with in notes and excursuses, making the work accessible to the specialist and non-specialist reader alike. Hughes deals fully and minutely with the epistle from a philological as well as theological point of view. I found many of the notes in this commentary were explained in-depth than another excellent Hebrews commentary by F.F.Bruce. Hughes erudition is impressive and his exposition and evaluation of complicated theories proposed over the centuries are models of lucidity. No one can work through this volume without gaining a deeper appreciation of the great and abiding themes taught in the Epistle in all their power and fullness. Hughes' volume has proved most helpful to me in understanding the Epistle of Hebrews. I highly recommend it.
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Philip Edgcumbe Hughes is an Anglican scholar. This exegesis on the Letter to the Hebrews in the New Testament is well done, but there are some tedious sections early on that would be of interest mainly to linguists and grammarians. Hughes belongs to the school that thinks St. Paul did not write this letter, and offers recent scholarship, post-Qumran, and other scholarly opinions, to back his assertions. Unfortunately, the author assumes that all readers will be as well-versed in ancient languages as he is. This was one thing in 19th century scholarship, when such writers were read only by other such scholars, but in the present times many people are informed enough and interested enough to want to go in depth with private studies of various parts of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, but our educations are far more technical and far less likely to include Latin and especially Greek. So it would have been helpful if Hughes had bothered to translate more of his quotations from Greek and Latin for a more general readership. But, the book is scholarly and reliable, and mercifully free of crackpot theories that amateur theologians and Bible scholars so frequently publish.
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First encountering clergyman and theologian P.E. Hughes in a 1985 journal article on the Christology of Hebrews I was struck by his combination of clarity, sobriety and knowledge of Hebrews and the NT. So I borrowed, then absolutely had to buy this commentary to keep. Not as micro-detailed or technical as Attridge or Lane, still, I usually consult Hughes' commentary first. Don't accept my view -- read the brief comment by the late Bruce Metzger on the back cover of this amazing work.
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I don't need to say much. Hughes's commentary is simply the best commentary on Hebrews that I have ever read. I have used it for many years, and bought this later edition because my older edition was so worn out. Bob Beasley, author of Proverbs 3:5&6: The Distilled Essence of the Christian Life
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This commentary is interesting if you appreciate how Hebrews was interpreted and used by the early church fathers and others as they struggled to understand the deity of Christ and his relation to the Father. Hebrews was problematic for the ancient church due to the warning passages that spoke of the impossibility of one being "renewed" after having fallen away. Given the severity of some of the persecutions during the Roman period the fathers wrestled with the question of those who had apostasized during said persecutions in light of the epistle to the Hebrews. Such passages provided the basis for the Novatian schism in Italy and Donatism in northern Africa. Hughes also exegetes Hebrews in light of contemporary scholarship, but not on the same level as more notable commentaries such as the Hermeneia commentary on Hebrews as well as the WCC on Hebrews by Lane.
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