The Book of Hebrews is one of encouragement, hope, and confidence. Jesus Christ is shown to be our great High Priest, the greater Moses, the fulfillment of Old Testament prophesies, the sacrifice for the world’s sins. By faith, we, like those listed in the well-known passage in chapter 11, place our hope in God.
This commentary is built on the common agreement that this book is a written sermon by an unknown speaker. John Kleinig, the author of this Concordia Commentary, proposes an interpretation of the text that uses a new kind of liturgical rhetoric, a new method of discourse analysis, and a new consideration of the context and purpose of the homily.
May this commentary encourage you to continue to place your hope in “Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2 ESV).
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“In it God promised to establish and maintain the house of David as Israel’s royal family in perpetuity.” (Page 79)
“Therefore, even though we cannot be sure when Hebrews was written, it was most likely composed before the destruction of temple in AD 70.” (Page 9)
“Despite these proposals, we do not actually know who wrote Hebrews. But we do know that even though the author was obviously known by his hearers, his identity remains undisclosed because he did not wish to emphasize his own personal authority. Instead, he spoke God’s Word in a self-effacing way as one who had heard it from those who had heard it from the Lord Jesus (2:3).” (Pages 4–5)
“So in 2:12–13 the congregation does not just hear Jesus naming them as his brothers so that they can name God together with him in their song of praise; they also see Jesus standing in their midst as their royal brother and themselves standing with him before God and the world as God’s holy children.70 He is right there with them as the singer of God’s praises, their faithful intercessor, their big brother. And there is no shame for him (2:11) or them in that!” (Page 136)
“These instructions are not addressed to individual members but to the whole congregation as a priestly fraternity in its communal practice of ten things: brotherly love, hospitality, care for imprisoned members, respect for marriage, detachment from money, remembrance of its former leaders, rejection of false doctrine, almsgiving, obedience to its current leaders, and prayer.” (Page 692)
A commentary on the highest level of scholarly discussion with a comprehensive treatment of the ongoing debate.
—Wolfgang Kraus, Professor of New Testament, University of the Saarland, Germany, and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Septuaginta Deutsch
Detailed yet highly readable. . . Brims with insights.
—David M. Moffitt, Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies, University of St Andrews, Scotland
A clearly written, thought-provoking interpretation.
—Gareth Lee Cockerill, Professor of Biblical Interpretation and Theology, Wesley Biblical Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi, and author of Hebrews in the New International Commentary on the New Testament
A monumental commentary.
—Christian Grappe, Professor of New Testament, Faculty of Protestant Theology, University of Strasbourg, France