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.
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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.
Donald A. Hagner is the George Eldon Ladd Professor of New Testament and chairman of the New Testament department at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he has taught for over 20 years. He is the author of highly regarded commentaries on Matthew (Word Biblical Commentary: Vol. 33a & Vol. 33b) and Hebrews (New International Biblical Commentary) as well as several other books.