Kevin McCruden's book is about to come off the press:
A Body You Have Prepared For Me: The Spirituality of the Letter to the Hebrews. Liturgical Press.
The synopsis from the Liturgical Press website:
"While all of the New Testament writings offer windows into the
personal religious experiences of their authors, says Kevin McCruden,
the Letter to the Hebrews affords us a truly exquisite example of a
particularly creative interpretation of such religious experience. It
also supplies us with something all too rare in many of the documents of
the New Testament: a glimpse into the personal experiences of the
ancient persons who first heard this text.
beneath the author's characteristic emphasis on the superiority of
transcendent realities is the indelible imprint of the real-life
experiences of early Christians who suffered emotionally and physically
for the countercultural commitment that they placed in Jesus. For such
persons, Hebrews vividly celebrates the unseen vindication of Jesus and,
in this way, provides a hope-filled portrait of the victorious Son of
God. At the same time, Hebrews is also very much concerned with what we
might call the life of Christian discipleship-that is, what it means to
journey this side of the age to come in a manner that is faithful to the
countercultural character of God's kingdom embodied by Jesus. This
brief study will help illumine for readers something of this creative
balance between the transcendent and the concrete that Hebrews
illustrates so well."