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Encountering the Book of Hebrews: An Exposition

ISBN: 9781441249593


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Although the book of Hebrews “is not exactly what most of us would regard as a user-friendly book,” notes author Donald A. Hagner, “Hebrews has always been popular among Christians.” This volume was written to help students more fully appreciate the complexities of this favorite section of Scripture. Hagner begins by exploring introductory issues (historical backgrounds, author, audience, date, purpose, structure, and genre) and overarching themes (heavenly archetypes and earthly copies, the use of the Old Testament, and the attitude toward Judaism). The heart of the book then offers a chapter-by-chapter exposition.

Unlike commentaries, this book does not try to be exhaustive, but instead guides students to the issues that are most important for their study. Hagner concludes with a final look at the contribution of Hebrews to the New Testament, New Testament theology, the church, and the individual Christian.

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Scripture citations link directly to English translations, and important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

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  • Provides detailed exposition on the major themes and arguments of Hebrews
  • Includes thorough chapter outlines to provide context for study
  • Explores the book of Hebrew with the serious student in mind
  • The Most Important Thing God Ever Said
  • The Full Humanity of the Son of God
  • Christ Is Superior to Moses
  • The Remaining Promise of Rest
  • The High Priesthood of Christ
  • Apostasy and Divine Faithfulness
  • The Priesthood of Melchizedek
  • The New and Better Covenant
  • Christ the Definitive Sacrifice
  • Moving from the Imperfect to the Perfect: 10:1–18
  • Faithfulness, Apostasy, and Endurance: 10:19–39
  • Supreme Examples of Faith
  • A Call to Faithfulness
  • Concluding Exhortations and Benediction
Donald Hagner’s Encountering the Book of Hebrews is a splendid treatment of one of the most important, though probably one of the most difficult, New Testament writings. It is not a verse-by-verse commentary but a section-by-section assessment of the argument and issues of the book. It reflects extensive and detailed investigation and is user-friendly in style and expression, with helpful sidebars, excursuses, charts, tables, photographs, bibliographies, and study questions . . . this informed and engaging exposition also deserves careful study by all earnest, inquiring Christians.

Richard N. Longenecker, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary

This thoughtful, well-documented, and attractively produced study should help undergraduate-level students come to terms with a writing which, as the author admits, most people do not initially regard as user-friendly.

Paul Ellingworth, lecturer, University of Aberdeen

Designedly user-friendly and easy to find your way about. . . . The content is admirable. Hagner’s impressive familiarity both with Judaica and with post-apostolic Christian literature is brought to bear in the most accessible and enriching way. . . . It is meaty, rather than easy reading, but there is constant nourishment for the intelligent, well-motivated reader.


  • Title: Encountering the Book of Hebrews: An Exposition
  • Author: Donald A. Hagner
  • Series: Encountering Biblical Studies
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Print Publication Date: 2002
  • Logos Release Date: 2014
  • Pages: 224
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. N.T. Hebrews › Commentaries
  • ISBNs: 9781441249593, 080102580, 9780801025808
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-03T03:48:00Z

Donald A. Hagner is the George Eldon Ladd Emeritus Professor of New Testament and the senior professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of Encountering the Book of HebrewsNew Testament Exegesis and Research: A Guide for Seminarians, and commentaries onHebrews and Matthew. Hagner is also coeditor of the New International Greek Testament Commentaryand an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).


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