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Letters to the Church: A Survey of Hebrews and the General Epistles

, 2011
ISBN: 9780310497059



Respected New Testament scholar Karen Jobes explores the cultural and theological background of Hebrews and the General Epistles (James through Jude) in this rich commentary. Writing from an evangelical perspective, Jobes addresses issues of historical relevance as well as how these ancient books connect with Christian faith and practice today.

Pastors, professors, students, and laypeople interested in deeper biblical study will find this an invaluable resource that offers well-researched commentary in an accessible, spiritually meaningful form.

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  • Historical background for each book focusing on authorship, genre, date, and content
  • Exploration of the major themes in each book and detailed commentary on key passages
  • Boxes with chapter goals, outlines, challenges, and significant verses
  • Maps, photographs, charts, and definitions
  • Questions for discussion, reflection, and testing
  • Comparison of the teachings about Christ in each of the letters
Karen Jobes’ survey is clearly written, critically informed, beautifully illustrated, background-enlightening, and theologically rich. This volume will make an ideal textbook for the study of the letters that it covers.

—Robert H. Gundry, scholar-in-residence, Westmont College

Professor Jobes combines lively prose and scholarly depth to make the most neglected books in the New Testament come alive for students. This is, without rival, the most engaging introduction available to these important but difficult biblical books.

Frank Thielman, Presbyterian professor of divinity, Beeson Divinity School of Samford University

This clear, accessible, thorough, and well-organized study of Hebrews and the General Epistles is an ideal text for survey courses. Jobes utilizes the best of biblical scholarship but presents it in a manner that beginning students will understand.

Mark L. Strauss, professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary

Jobes insightfully addresses the historical, literary, and theological features of these letters and does so with a conversational and engaging demeanor. Letters to the Church is a comprehensive introduction to these letters and a great textbook choice for college and seminary classrooms.

Jeanine Brown, professor, Bethel Seminary

This is the textbook on the General Epistles I have been waiting for. It is thorough and accessible, even for students with little biblical background knowledge.

—Dan McCartney, professor of New Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary

Scripture references are linked directly to Greek and Hebrew texts, along with the English Bible translations of your choice. For any word in any language, you can double-click on that word and your digital library will automatically search your lexicons for a match. That gives you unprecedented access to linguistic data, along with all the tools you need for exegesis and interpretation.

Karen Jobes is Gerald F. Hawthorne Professor of New Testament Greek and Exegesis at Wheaton College. She has written the NIV Application Commentary on Esther as well as a detailed study of an ancient Greek version of Esther and is the coauthor of Invitation to the Septuagint.


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