This volume of The New Testament Library offers a thorough and careful commentary on the complicated book of Hebrews, showing its meaning within the context of ancient culture and the theological development of the early church. Written by one of the leading New Testament scholars of the present generation, Luke Timothy Johnson, this commentary offers remarkable insights into the Hellenistic, Roman, and Jewish contexts of the book of Hebrews.
“The more important point is that Hebrews is a composition that is meant to be heard as a discourse rather than seen as a text, experienced as a whole in its unfolding rather than studied in separate segments.” (Page 11)
“The struggle to find definite answers to the puzzles provided by these allusive lists is, to be sure, a distraction. The main point is perfectly straightforward: the enormity of apostasy is measured by the greatness of the experience of God it abandons. That is why it is impossible to ‘renew to repentance’ people who have proven capable of turning away from their own most powerful and transforming experience.” (Page 163)
“Hope, then, has to do with the future, but it enables people to have boldness and confidence in the present as they move toward that future. What is in the future for the hearers, as for the ancients, is the complete realization of the promises.” (Page 277)
“The simplest and most adequate answer is simply that Hebrews interprets Scripture entirely from the perspective of the experience of the death, resurrection, and exaltation of Jesus.” (Page 24)
“In brief, Hebrews presents itself as a work of deliberative rhetoric, careful in language and rich in metaphor, which makes strong appeals to character and emotion as well as to reason, and whose arrangement is dominated by the alternating pattern of exposition and exhortation.” (Page 15)
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