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An international array of transdenominational Bible scholars and church leaders commend the meticulous scholarship and sound exposition in this commentary, and note its clarity and simplicity, its wise application and elegant prose. Reviewers call it "brilliant" and "a momentous accomplishment." One homiletics professor labels it "essential;" another calls it "a mandatory asset."
Edward William Fudge is a Bible teacher, preacher and attorney in Houston, Texas. His internet publication, gracEmail, regularly encourages thousands of believers around the world. He has conducted retreats and Bible studies for churches and schools of many denominations in the U.S., Canada, and New Zealand. His books include The Great Rescue: The Story of God's Amazing Grace, and The Fire That Consumes. Edward and Sara Faye have been married 42 years and have two children and four grandchildren.
Number of Pages: 262
|Publication Date: 2009|
Intended for preachers, university and seminary students, and adult Bible class teachers, Hebrews: Ancient Encouragement for Believers Today is a "bridge" commentarydelivering the best insights of contemporary scholarship in understandable, non-technical language. The author of Hebrews used four Psalms as a framework to re-tell the story of Jesus to a disheartened audience that was tempted to walk away. The same structure and intense focus on Jesus permeates and empowers this narrative commentary, bringing fresh encouragement to believers today.
An international spectrum of Bible scholars and church leaders commend the meticulous scholarship and sound exposition in this book and note its tremendous clarity and simplicity, its wise application and elegant prose. Reviewers call it "brilliant" and "a momentous accomplishment."
McGarvey Ice5 Stars Out Of 5April 15, 2009McGarvey IceIn short, I highly recommend Edward Fudges new commentary on Hebrews. I have found it intellectually rigorous, exegetically responsible, theologically rich and pastorally sensitive. In Fudges language, this is a bridge commentary for the serious Bible student who seeks scholarly content in non-technical terms (p. 19). It is an attempt to do in print what all of us who are confessing Christian exegetes ought to do with our lives: to allow and foster and seek a dynamic relationship between the life of the mind and the life of faith. In this effort I congratulate him, because in my estimation he has done very well.The book is arranged in a straightforward and simple way. He has divided the text of Hebrews into 48 pericopae. This alone betrays careful thought and analysis of the letter and comparison of a vast amount of literature and commentaries. Each pericope forms the basis for a chapter of the book which contains a title, the text, a Why and Wherefore explanation and commentary proper under the subtitle Unpacking the Text. I find this arrangement most helpful and natural for thorough exegesis in narrative form such as Fudge proposes. As I read the thought occurred to me over and over again: Edward Fudge has not only studied Hebrews, he has taught Hebrews.Fudge has provided for us a responsible historical-critical exegesis grounded in the language and structure of the text, sensitive to the social and rhetorical situation in life of the authors and recipients and, furthermore, one that is pastorally sensitive in its application of the message of the text. Fudge examines well both what it meant for the original author and recipients and he attends to what this text means for Christians today.
Royce Ogle5 Stars Out Of 5April 10, 2009Royce OgleThis great work comes highly recommended and rightly so. It is a verse by verse commentary on the book of Hebrews.Edward Fudge, always a scholar, has obviously done his work well documenting back ground work, original languages, several translations of Scripture, and acknowledging other authors ideas. But the finished product is as readable as the morning paper. Every pastor/teacher and every person in the pew or behind a podium will want this wonderful resource at arms length when the book of Hebrews is explored and studied.I especially appreciate the frankness and fairness exhibited throughout the book. In dealing with those passages in Hebrews which have been historically the most controversial and in some cases the most difficult to understand, Fudge has given not only his conclusions but also a very balanced and fair presentation of the most prominent conclusions as well. Unlike many of his peers, Fudge trusts his readers to read and make their own conclusions. This almost unique treatment I really appreciate.The whole of the volume is rich and encouraging and well worth reading and sharing, but one thing stands out clearly. Jesus is better! He is better than the angels, better than the Levitical Priesthood, better than the animal sacrifices, and His once for all people, once for all time offering of His own body for sinners is quite enough to satisfy completely our Holy Father.There is no reconciliation without representation. Just as Adam was our representative head and we died when he died, Jesus is now our representative and we died when He died, and rose when He rose, and live because He lives. And, as Edward Fudge beautifully writes, we now have a man (God/man) in heaven who continues to represent us until He comes again to complete our salvation.Many thanks brother Fudge for the gift of your love and labor. May it bring glory to Christ our Lord.
scott magkachi saboy5 Stars Out Of 5April 10, 2009scott magkachi saboyLawyer-theologian Edward William Fudge is one of the Christian writers I greatly admire not only for his wisdom-packed writing but also for his humility and his genuine love for people. He has done another great service to the world with Hebrews: Ancient Encouragement for Believers Today a work which will surely bless those who read it, especially in these desperate, confused times. This book's simple yet powerful prose easily calls to mind his yet another great book, The Great Rescue: The Story of God's Amazing Grace. Edward's new book shows that a theologian need not be a bore, and that the Gospel message enlightens us most without the theological gobbledygook!
Keith Brenton5 Stars Out Of 5April 10, 2009Keith BrentonIn the opening words of this work, author Edward Fudge explains: "This commentary is written for the serious Bible student who seeks scholarly content in non-technical terms. As such, it bridges a gap that many commentaries simply ignore."He has achieved his goal; the work is neither pedantic nor pedestrian, but vibrant in its simplicity and economy of words.You'll find the simplicity and honesty of the book helpful and refreshing, as long as you are not insistent upon answers which aren't in the text of Hebrews or immediately forthcoming from history.Fudge sees Hebrews structured around four messianic Psalms (8, 95, 40 and 110), with a great wealth of supporting scripture, both Old Testament and New.The structure is similarly facile: the scripture text from Hebrews, a brief explicatory summary titled "Why and Wherefore," followed by the commentary itself, "Unpacking the Text." Relevant citations are briefly mentioned within it - though there is a comprehensive bibliography at the end.Don't expect Fudge to propose and exhaustively defend a large number of theses on any given question; he is more likely to summarize the more valid or helpful possible answers, credit their adherents, and point out the collective value of all of them in helping to illuminate the text. He will fire the imagination by setting an obscure text in a magnificent, tangible, understandable scene: a multimedia museum as Chapter 11's "Hall of the Faithful;" or an Olympic track venue filled with Chapter 12's "cloud-crowd" of witnesses. In every instance, he will concisely re-tell the story of each forerunner mentioned, illuminating aspects of the story you may never have considered before.Fudge portrays Hebrews as a rich gospel full of uniquely Jewish idiom, conveying the awe and wonder of Jesus' divine ability as a human being to provide the perfect, sacrificial life pleasing to God. - and what that means for us.
Author: Edward William Fudge
Located in: Houston, Texas
Submitted: April 10, 2009
Tell us a little about yourself. I love to study and to teach the Bible, especially those parts that focus most intently on Jesus Christ. I am husband of 42 years to Sara Faye, we have two grown children and four wonderful grandchildren. For 45 years I have been teaching and preaching, for 20 years practicing law, and for 13 years producing and writing "gracEmail," an international internet ministry column that goes out three times weekly. During the past 30+ years, I have had the privilege of ministering in person in the US, Canada and New Zealand, to audiences and in churches across the Christian spectrum from Episcopal to Pentecostal, including Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Churches of Christ, Adventist, Christian Church, independent, charismatic and others.
What was your motivation behind this project? In 1974, Baker Book House published my commentary on Hebrews, "Our Man In Heaven," with foreword by F.F. Bruce. It was based on the KJV and has long been out of print. In July 2007, I was in Antigua, Guatemala on a law firm retreat. During a sunrise prayer walk through the cobblestone streets, I was asking God for an assignment. Within hours, I was impressed that I should write a new commentary on Hebrews that reflected 35 more years of teaching, preaching and studying that wonderful book. This new book is based on a new, majority English text of Hebrews created just for this commentary. Hebrews is one of the most Jesus-centered books in the Bible. I love that and am excited to share this with readers!
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope they will see, first of all, that Hebrews is about Jesus -- that it is full of good news to us today and that nothing could be more relevant and practical. Hebrews is NOT a dusty old book about antique Jewish rituals and sacrificial and priestly details.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I was convicted of my own shortcomings, re-called to focus on Jesus myself and encouraged to hold fast to my own profession of faith.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I have been blessed by F.F. Bruce, Oscar Cullmann, Watchman Nee, John Stott and Roger Olson. Musically and lyrically, John Michael Talbot is probably my #1 choice.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: The author of Hebrews wrote his book to encourage disheartened believers about ready to toss in the towel. He did that by telling them the story of Jesus, based on four Psalms (his Bible was only our Old Testament, remember!). This book, "Hebrews: Ancient Encouragement for Believers Today," has 36 great endorsements from a cross-denominational spectrum of Bible scholars and church leaders (printed on the first pages ofthe book) and a foreword by Haddon W. Robinson.