Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation Commentary: Hebrews  -     By: Thomas Schreiner
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The Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation Commentary series explores the theology of the Bible in considerable depth, spanning both Testaments. Authors come from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, though all affirm the inerrancy and inspiration of Scripture. United in their high view of Scripture, and in their belief in the underlying unity of Scripture, which is ultimately grounded in the unity of God himself, each author explores the contribution of a given book or group of books to the theology of Scripture as a whole. While conceived as stand-alone volumes, each volume thus also makes a contribution to the larger whole. All volumes provide a discussion of introductory matters, including the historical setting and the literary structure of a given book of Scripture. Also included is an exegetical treatment of all the relevant passages in succinct commentary-style format. The biblical theology approach of the series will also inform and play a role in the commentary proper. The commentator permits a discussion between the commentary proper and the biblical theology that it reflects by a series of cross-references.

The major contribution of each volume, however, is a thorough discussion of the most important themes of the biblical book in relation to the canon as a whole. This format allows each contributor to ground Biblical Theology, as is proper, in an appropriate appraisal of the relevant historical and literary features of a particular book in Scripture while at the same time focusing on its major theological contribution to the entire Christian canon in the context of the larger salvation-historical metanarrative of Scripture. Within this overall format, there will be room for each individual contributor to explore the major themes of his or her particular corpus in the way he or she sees most appropriate for the material under consideration.

This format, in itself, would already be a valuable contribution to Biblical Theology. But there are other series that try to accomplish a survey of the Bible's theology as well. What distinguishes the present series is its orientation toward Christian proclamation. This is the Biblical Theologyfor Christian Proclamation commentary series! As a result, the ultimate purpose of this set of volumes is not exclusively, or even primarily, academic. Rather, we seek to relate Biblical Theology to our own lives and to the life of the church. Our desire is to equip those in Christian ministry who are called by God to preach and teach the precious truths of Scripture to their congregations, both in North America and in a global context.

Series is projected to have 40 volumes.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Holman Reference
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.25 X 1.125 (inches)
ISBN: 0805496130
ISBN-13: 9780805496130
Series: Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation

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Author Bio

Thomas R. Schreiner is the James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Professor of Biblical Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY. He serves as Associated Dean of the School of Theology.
Dr. Schreiner joined the Southern faculty in 1997 after serving 11 years on the faculty at Bethel Theological Seminary. He also taught New Testament at Azusa Pacific University. Dr. Schreiner, a Pauline scholar, is the author or editor of several books including, Romans, in the Baker Exegetical Commentary Serieson the New TestamentInterpreting the Pauline EpistlesThe Law and Its Fulfillment: A Pauline Theology of LawThe Race Set Before Us: A Biblical Theology of Perseverance and AssuranceStill Sovereign: Contemporary Perspectives of Election, Foreknowledge, and Grace, co-edited with Bruce A. Ware; Women in the Church: A Fresh Analysis of I Timothy 2:9-15Paul, Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ: A Pauline Theology1 and 2 Peter, Jude.
Dr. Schreiner was educated at Western Oregon University (B.S.) Western Conservative Baptist Seminary (M.Div.; Th.M.), and Fuller Theological Seminary (Ph.D.).

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  1. West Union, OH
    Age: 35-44
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Good theology and commentary
    July 10, 2015
    Jimmy Reagan
    West Union, OH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Here is the first volume in a brand new commentary series, the Biblical Theology For Christian Proclamation by Holman Reference. Published by the same organization that produced the wonderful New American Commentary (NAC) series, we have high expectations(all contributors will hold to inspiration and innerrancy). One of the General Editors, Thomas Schreiner, contributes the inaugural volume. Admitting in the Introduction to the series that we have so many series today that a new series needs a unique approach, this one aims at especially highlighting the theology of the book.

    Mr. Schreiner is a well known scholar and a prolific commentary writer. He has done a good job here. The Introduction covers many of the usual suspects (e.g., he is confident Paul did not write Hebrews), but even there he highlights theology throughout.

    The commentary proper is thoughtful. Still, he cant help wrestling with a few of the more esoteric thoughts that have come along. The scholar in him could not resist, I suppose. Also, in a few places I could not agree with his conclusions. The commentary, however, adds really helpful discussion for pastors and, most importantly, the theology angle is successful. We need to keep theology as one element of our thoughts in studying a text.

    The size is perfect for the aims of the series. The volume is an attractive, colorful hardback. This volume bodes well for the future of this series. I recommend it.

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
  2. Michigan
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Commentary on Hebrews
    June 10, 2015
    John M Kight
    Michigan
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    Quality: 5
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    The Book of Hebrews is arguable to one of the most difficult, and yet theologically significant works ever penned. This reality is confirmed by the sheer number of commentaries written on Hebrews within the last century. In fact, Bestcommentaries.com has over 90 commentaries (published between 1889 and 2015) registered for Hebrews, with an additional 20 commentaries scheduled for publication in the near future. So, why do we need another commentary on the Book of Hebrews? More importantly, what does the Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation: Commentary on Hebrews contribute to the already saturated lineup of Hebrews commentaries, and why should you consider it?

    First, it is important to recognize that the number of commentaries written on a particular book is by no means to function as a barometer for the need (or lack thereof) to further add to an already established conversation. Moreover, a brief survey of available commentaries will generally display a variegated level of usefulness to the reader, and thus inevitable demand the bridging of certain gapsthis commentary being one of those gaps. Some commentaries are helpful in one area, others are helpful in another area, and others are just plain unhelpful. Its simply the nature of the beast when it comes to the landscape of biblical commentaries. Consequently, for the student, teacher, and pastor, there should be nothing short of praise to God when a contribution like Thomas Schreiners Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation: Commentary on Hebrews enters the conversation.

    Second, while there will continue to remain ample options for commentaries on Hebrews, there are also a number of reasons the Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation: Commentary on Hebrews should be found on your shelf next to those options. For starters, the format of the book is ideal for the reader that seeks to not only grasp an understanding of the Book of Hebrews, but also grasp a general understanding of Hebrews within its overall canonical placement. Schreiner helpfully guides the reader through the Book of Hebrew with both macro and micro lensesthe readers attention being moved from exegetical detail to theological significance on nearly every page. The book begins with a concise introduction, spending most of the time placing Hebrews within its biblical context and discussing the primary themes found within letter. This helps focus the reader on the overall biblical and theological structure of Hebrews before entering into the verse-by-verse exegesis and application. For the most part I found Schreiners exegesis on the text persuasive and well documented, and if (there certainly wasnt much) a disagreement arose Schreiner was quick to kindly defend his position and point the reader to additional sources for further reading. As the book concludes, attention is intentionally placed upon the various biblical and theological themes discovered throughout Hebrews. This is where the Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation series truly shines. Schreiner again reorients the reader to the macro picture and unpacks themes such as God in Hebrews, Jesus Christ, The New Covenant, Warnings and Exhortations, Assurance, and much more. At roughly 65 pages, this section is worth the cost of the book alone.

    Regardless of the number of commentaries that have been written on Hebrews, Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation: Commentary on Hebrews is a breath of fresh air. The combination of Hebrews and Schreiners ability to consistently exegete the text with biblical theological lenses makes this volume a unique contribution to the ever-growing lineup of Hebrews commentaries. If the rest of the series proves to be even half as good as Schreiners volume on Hebrews then I anticipate great things for the Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation series.
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