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Hebrews (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentary | AYBC)

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One of early Christianity’s most carefully crafted sermons, the epistle to the Hebrews addresses listeners who have experienced the elation of conversion and the heat of hostility, but who now must confront the formidable task of remaining faithful in a society that rejects their commitments. The letter probes into the one of most profound questions of faith: If it is God’s will that believers be crowned with glory and honor, why are the faithful subject to suffering and shame? Through the stories of Abraham and Sarah, Moses, and Rahab, whose faith enabled them to overcome severe trials and conflicts, and through the story of Jesus himself, whose sufferings opened the way to God’s presence for all, the sermon confirms the foundations of the Christian faith.

In a magisterial introduction, Craig R. Koester presents a compelling portrait of the early Christian community and examines the debates that have surrounded the epistle to the Hebrews for two millennia. Drawing on his knowledge of classical rhetoric, he clarifies the book’s arguments and discusses the use of evocative language and imagery to appeal to its audience’s minds, emotions, and will. Providing an authoritative, accessible discussion of the book’s high priestly Christology, this landmark commentary charts new directions for the interpretation of the epistle to the Hebrews and its influence on Christian theology and worship.

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  • Offers original translations, including alternative translations, annotations, and variants
  • Provides verse-by-verse commentary on the text
  • Presents the reader with historical background, including analysis of authorship and dating
  • Features an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary literature
  • The Title
  • Exordium
  • Proposition
  • Arguments
    • First Series: Jesus Received Glory through Faithful Suffering—A Way that Others Are Called to Follow
    • Second Series: Jesus’ Suffering Is the Sacrifice that Enables Others to Approach God
    • Third Series: God’s People Persevere through Suffering to Glory by Faith
  • The Peroration
  • Epistolary Postscript

Top Highlights

“Jesus passes through the heavens like a priest moving through the forecourt of a sanctuary and into the holy of holies” (Page 282)

“(c) ‘Impossible that God should restore an apostate to repentance.’” (Page 312)

“The prospect that God will ‘consume those who stand in opposition’ to him (10:27c) is appealing only to those who are sure that the judgment is intended for others, not for themselves. Yet this passage is unsettling because it warns that God’s people can become God’s adversaries through persistent sin. Listeners do not appear to be guilty of heinous crimes, but they are susceptible to drift (2:1) and neglect (2:2; 10:25). The author’s words are designed to cut through the vagueness of the listeners’ situation and bring them to a zeal for God that is a fitting response to his zeal for them.” (Page 456)

“In a provocative twist, however, the author says, not that faith has proof, but that faith is proof of things unseen. The author does not assume that things exist simply because people believe they exist. Human faith does not create divine reality, but divine reality creates human faith. The unseen realities of God give proof of their existence by their power to evoke faith where otherwise there would only be unbelief. The object of Christian hope can be known by its effect upon human beings.” (Pages 479–480)

“Some suggest that the object of one’s hope finds ‘realization’ in faith (NAB2; cf. Chrysostom), yet this is awkward since the object of faith remained unrealized for people like Abraham (11:13, 39). More plausible is that Heb 11:1 uses metonymy, which defines something by what produced it (Rhet. ad Her. 4.32 §43; Attridge). Thus ‘faith is the assurance’ of what is hoped for because what is hoped for produces assurance.” (Page 472)

  • Title: Hebrews: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary
  • Author: Craig Koester
  • Series: Anchor Yale Bible
  • Volume: 36
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Print Publication Date: 2008
  • Logos Release Date: 2009
  • Pages: 640
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. N.T. Hebrews › Commentaries
  • Resource ID: LLS:ANCHOR79HEB
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2024-03-25T19:08:07Z

Craig R. Koester is vice president of academic affairs and professor and Asher O. and Carrie Nasby Chair of New Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received his PhD in New Testament from Union Theological Seminary in New York.


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    Incredible research and incredibly digestible comments. The comments sections are actually enjoyable to read and often so well put. From verse and word analysis to the larger structure of the book and theology this book have been very engaging
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