The Epistle to the Hebrews [NICNT] written by first time contributor to the series Gareth Lee Cockerill, and the first volume edited by Joel B. Greene, offers fresh insight into a NT book whose circumstances remain quite enigmatic.
Understood by Cockerill to be a well-constructed sermon that encourages its hearers to persevere despite persecution and hardships in light of Christ's unique sufficiency as Savior, the author aims to analyze the book's rhetorical, chiastic shape while interpreting each passage in light of this overarching structure.
Cockerill also offers a new analysis of the epistle's use of the Old Testament--continuity and fulfillment rather than continuity and discontinuity--and shows how this consistent usage is relevant for contemporary biblical interpretation. Written in a clear, engaging, and accessible style, this commentary will benefit pastors, laypeople, students, and scholars alike.
We are living in an age of incredibly good evangelical commentaries. Gary Cockerill's Hebrews is among the best, a first-rate work that is both readable and very deep. The centrality of rhetorical analysis and structural concerns adds a lot to the value of this work, and his insights about the use of the Old Testament in understanding the book's message are extremely helpful...Readers will gain a fine understanding of this incredibly important epistle and its place in the life of the church.
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
It is no easy task to write a replacement for the work of such a scholar as F. F. Bruce on so demanding a book as Hebrews, but Cockerill amply justifies the trust placed in him by the editor of this series. In particular the attention that Cockerill pays to the author's use of the Old Testament and to the book's structure takes readers beyond Bruce's work. The exposition of the letter is profound and practical and yet so clearly presented that preachers will be particularly grateful for this volume.
-I. Howard Marshall
University of Aberdeen
As in the best commentaries, this volume is more than a rehashing of scholarship; it is also a contribution to the same. Cockerill advances new proposals regarding the structure of the sermon and its author's hermeneutics of the Jewish Scriptures. Cockerill's Hebrews will proudly take its place alongside Attridge's, Lane's, and Koester's commentaries as an essential resource.
-David A. deSilva
Ashland Theological Seminary
Gary Cockerill successfully integrates a thorough immersion in contemporary research on Hebrews with exegetical insight and pastoral sensitivity. This masterfully organized, crisply written commentary pulls together Cockerill's untiring work over the past three and a half decades. I highly recommend it.
-George H. Guthrie
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