Saturday, January 30, 2021

RIP Bruce Demarest (1935–2021)

Denver Seminary is reporting that Bruce Demarest passed away on January 27. Demarest was the author of History of Interpretation of Hebrews 7,1–10 from the Reformation to the Present.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Newly Published: Kerux Commentary on Hebrews

Kregel has just released this commentary by Herbert Bateman, a seasoned Hebrews' scholar, in the Kerux Commentaries series:

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Long Review of Peterson's Commentary on Hebrews

Phillip Long reviews the newest Hebrews commentary:

David G. Peterson. Hebrews. Tyndale New Testament Commentary. 

Schreiner Commentary on Hebrews

Lexham Press sent me Thomas Screiner's commentary on Hebrews in their new Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary. As I sat down to look over the commentary I realized that this commentary is exactly identical to his commentary in the Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation series. It has been repackaged by a different publisher with a different cover in a different series.

This book,


is exactly identical in contents to this book:



I reviewed Schreiner's commentary previously here. Thanks to Lexham Press for a copy of the book.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

New Book: The Epistle to the Hebrews with regard to the Gospels

I just learned about the publication of this book:

Martin Pochon. L'épître aux Hébreux au regard des Evangiles. Les éditions du Cerf, 2020.

Translated from the website:

"A New Testament book about which all aspects, author, genre, dating, addressees, reasons for canonicity, and even the exact theme, are the subject of intense scholarly disputes? This is the case with the Epistle to the Hebrews, sometimes attributed to Saint Paul, which deals with the two Covenants, hope in persecutions, Jesus mediator and which, for the first time in Christian literature, uses the Old Testament figure of Melchizedek, priest of God Most High, to establish the priestly identity of Christ. A letter that does not seem like one, rather a lecture, and which can attest as much to tradition as to the most daring innovation in thinking about the meaning of Christ's sacrifice. But what is the meaning of this sacrifice? This is the question that Martin Pochon resolves here, thanks to meticulous and documented work. Examining the text, its construction, its assertions, its vocabulary, its figures of speech, but also penetrating into its deep significance, he shows how the Epistle to the Hebrews is indeed a pivotal text in the understanding of the death of Christ. It is because it offers a singular interpretation of the forgiveness of sins, singular if we relate it to the proposition of the Gospels, while integrating the Christology of primitive communities. A fascinating investigation. A major elucidation. A study destined to become a classic."

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

New Book on Creation in Hebrews

Mohr Siebeck has recently published this new monograph:

Angela Costley. Creation and Christ: An Exploration of the Topic of Creation in the Epistle to the Hebrews.

"The Epistle to the Hebrews is usually associated with its theology of Christ the High Priest. However, the term "high priest" is not so common in the first four chapters of Hebrews, occurring only four times with a further reference to sacrifice in 1:3. Rather than emphasising the priestly or sacrificial activity of Christ, these opening sections contain a number of references to creation: 1:2-3,10-12, 2:5-9, 10; 3:1-6; 4:3-4 and 4:9-10. In this volume, Angela Costley uses discourse analysis to explore the importance of the topic of creation to the discourse of the Epistle to the Hebrews, uncovering a close link between creation and salvation. She highlights the interaction of the topic of creation with the topic of salvation in the discourse to uncover a depiction of Christ as the creator who descends to take on human flesh, God who becomes human, in order to lead humanity heavenward."

New Tyndale Commentary on Hebrews

InterVarsity Press has just published a new Tyndale New Testament Commentary on Hebrews by David G. Peterson. This effectively is the replacement volume for the commentary written by Donald Guthrie in 1983. Peterson is also the author of Hebrews and Perfection: An Examination of the Concept of Perfection in the Epistle to the Hebrews, published with Cambridge University Press in 1982. Peterson has a personal website.
David G. Peterson. Hebrews: An Introduction and Commentary. Tyndale New Testament Commentaries.
Description from the website:
"The letter to the Hebrews provides an amazing combination of warnings and assurances to encourage Christians to persevere in faith, hope, and love. The basis for this is a profound reflection on the person and work of Christ, viewed as the fulfilment of Old Testament Scripture. In this Tyndale commentary, David G. Peterson shows how the author expounds the implications of the gospel with pastoral insight and sensitivity, producing a "word of exhortation" that reaches across the centuries to speak to our lives today.

The Tyndale Commentaries are designed to help the reader of the Bible understand what the text says and what it means. The Introduction to each book gives a concise but thorough treatment of its authorship, date, original setting, and purpose. Following a structural Analysis, the Commentary takes the book section by section, drawing out its main themes, and also comments on individual verses and problems of interpretation. Additional Notes provide fuller discussion of particular difficulties.

In the new New Testament volumes, the commentary on each section of the text is structured under three headings: Context, Comment, and Theology. The goal is to explain the true meaning of the Bible and make its message plain."