This commentary reveals the true purpose of the book of Hebrews: to exhort and encourage Jewish Christians to remain faithful to Jesus and not to turn back to Judaism. These words of comfort—intended to help early believers to hold fast to the Christian hope without wavering in the face of persecution, ridicule, and insults—contain lessons that can guide our own faith today.
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Of all the major New Testament books none perhaps stands in greater need of elucidation and exposition for the modern reader than the letter to the Hebrews. It is therefore an occasion of much interest to the Bible-reading public that such a volume as Dr. Hagner’s . . . is on hand to assist them. . . . His writing shows that he is en rapport with the epistle, determined to let it speak its own relevant message to those who wonder how the Jewish messiah can be the world’s redeemer, and anxious to help those who find this part of the New Testament strange and forbidding.
—Ralph P. Martin, distinguished scholar in residence, Fuller Theological Seminary
Donald A. Hagner is the George Eldon Ladd Professor Emeritus of New Testament and senior professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is the author of Encountering the Book of Hebrews, The Jewish Reclamation of Jesus, New Testament Exegesis and Research: A Guide for Seminarians, and commentaries on Hebrews and Matthew. He is also coeditor of the New International Greek Testament Commentary and an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).