Saturday, December 1, 2012

New Book on Key Themes in Hebrews

I received in the mail today this little book on some key themes in Hebrews:

Jonathan Griffiths, ed. The Perfect Saviour: Key Themes in Hebrews. Inter-Varsity Press, 2012.

Here is the blurb from the back cover:

"Too often, valuable New Testament scholarship never finds its way to the preacher's or pastor's study because it is presented in a format that is not practically digestible in the time available for sermon preparation.

The motivation for this volume is the desire to bridge the gap between the work of evangelical scholars in universities and colleges and the world of the busy preacher and Bible teacher.  Specifically, it offers a theological introduction to the New Testament book of Hebrews, by way of a set of expositions of some significant themes and difficult questions, by some well-known scholars.

Topics covered are: the new covenant (Peter O'Brien); the word of God (Jonathan Griffiths); the priesthood of Christ (Richard Gaffin, Jr); the tabernacle (David Gooding); warning and assurance (Thomas Schreiner); access and arrival (Peter Walker); perfection (David Peterson); and suffering (Bruce Winter).

These studies are accessible to all serious students of the Bible.  The contributors share the conviction that theological research is ultimately only valuable insofar as it aids the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ."

All the essays appear to be original and not reprints of articles appearing elsewhere.  The book appears to provide an accessible way for pastors to get at the basic themes of Hebrews in preparation for a sermon series or series of Bible studies on Hebrews.

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