Sunday, July 31, 2022

Hebrews Highlights - July 2022

Ken Schenck has completed his Explanatory Notes on Hebrews 11:23–40, Hebrews 12:1–11, and Hebrews 12:12–29. Ken says he is going to self-publish his notes soon.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Learning from Hebrews and Biblical Studies

Bridging Theology has released its newest podcast discussing with Madison Pierce on the topic of "Learning from the Epistle to the Hebrews and Biblical Studies."

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Unpuzzling Hebrews

I want to thank Thomas Sims for sending me a copy of his new book:

Thomas Sims. Unpuzzling Hebrews: A New Translation and Commentary

The book is written at a popular level but does show evidence of research. I checked the bibliography and it contains mostly scholarly articles and books. Endnotes are located at the end of each chapter. The book has an attractive cover and is laid out well. Here is a description of the book from the Amazon website:

"The world has changed. The cost to follow Jesus is going up. Are you prepared to pay?

The Letter to the Hebrews is among the most beloved books of the Bible, but it also among the most mysterious. Who wrote it? When was it written? And most of all, why was it written? We can’t solve these puzzles, but perhaps we can unpuzzle them?

Join Thomas Sims on a journey to unpuzzle Hebrews as we travel verse-by-verse through a new translation of the letter to discover that the original audience faced circumstances remarkably parallel to what we face today.

What You’ll Discover:

  • The original “Hebrews” dramatically presented in a flowing narrative.
  • A challenge for all Christians to pursue Jesus no matter what the cost.
  • A new perspective built on cutting-edge biblical scholarship, but presented for lay Christians to read and enjoy.
  • A new approach to the authorship which overflows into the whole of Hebrews.

Pick up your copy today. You will be challenged, inspired, and reinvigorated to pay any price to follow Jesus."

A Biblical Theology of Christ as Priest and Mediator

I didn't want to mention this book until I got a look at it. T. Desmond Alexander has written "a biblical theology of Christ as priest and mediator." As one might expect, Hebrews plays a large part in the author's argument. So, I am including it here on this blog.

T. Desmond Alexander. Face to Face with God: A Biblical Theology of Christ as Priest and Mediator

"How can sinful humans approach a holy God? In the book of Hebrews, Jesus Christ is celebrated as the great high priest who represents his people before the Father. Jesus' roles as priest and mediator are central to his identity and bring to completion themes woven throughout Scripture.

In this fifth ESBT volume, T. Desmond Alexander considers the often-neglected themes of priesthood and mediation and how Christ fulfills these roles. He explores how these concepts illuminate what Christ has already accomplished for us through his self-sacrifice, as well as what he is presently achieving on our behalf, seated at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. Through this study we gain a richer understanding of concepts such as holiness, sacrifice, covenant, reconciliation, and God's dwelling place."