A Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews
This book appears in the following featured collections.
- D. A. Carson's "Best Buys" by D. A. Carson
- Essential Commentaries for a Preacher's Library - NT by Derek Thomas
By far one of the best I have read as of yet. Displays not only a deep understanding of the text and the epistle as a whole, but as others have said, it is written in a way that leads to worship. That isn't done in a superficial way, but is just a byproduct of the clear and theological writing of one who seems to have the weightiness of God resting upon him as he writes. Extensive quotes and dialogue with others through church history(especially the patristics, reformers and modern writers), but not overwhelmingly so. Just enough to be illuminating and helpful. Probably follows some reformed interpreters(Calvin and Owen) more than more than many modern commentators. Eerdmans was right to include this in its Classic Biblical Commentaries series. The price is hefty at $40, but I certainly don't regret having spent it. Delightful. this is like the meat lovers of Hebrews commentaries. There is a working assumption that the letter was written to an Essenic type group and is pursued in the relevant texts. However, if you disagree with his conclusion, it never gets in the way of the text as I can tell. Sets an example by not only dealing with the popular or large works from the past 100 years, but dealing with select comments from all of Christendom since 'Hebrews' origins. By far, the most thorough discussions of the theological implications of the text.
This commentary was thrilling to read: Thoughtful, beautifully written, and challenging. Buy a copy, get your Bible, and pray for the Holy Spirit's help. You will not be disappointed. HEBREWS is now one of my favorite books in the Bible. Highly recommended.
This commentary which is not part of a set, has long been considered one of the best available. The commentators on the commentaries commend it for its wide historical sweep and for the way Hughes wrestles with the difficult theological questions. Derek Thomas gives it a one-word review: “Outstanding!” while Jim Rosscup says “The commentary is quite full and able to discuss ramifications where many even of the good commentaries are too general for some eager readers.” [Full Review]
If there is a second "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. If you can only afford one commentary, buy the set by Lane and ask someone to purchase Hughes for you as a gift. [Full Review]