Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Hebrews help...

This summer I'm doing five talks from the book of Hebrews (one from chapter 3 and the rest from chapters 10-12). I've done some work on all these passages for prior talks but I'd like to take a fresh run at them. I only have the BST commentary which hasn't been particularly helpful... I can't afford the time or money to get more than one or two new commentaries so what would people recommend?

11 comments:

  1. Proc Trust has a two volume set of Dick Lucas on Hebrews. I would buy one good commentary and get those tapes/cds/mp3s.

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  2. Commentary: I'd get Lane's 2 vols in the Word series - he's very good on the structure in a way which I think gives a lot of help in unpacking the details. Peter O'Brien is doing Pillar Hebrews, I believe, and Carson doing Baker Exegetical Hebrews, I believe ... but I think we've got a good few years to wait for those.

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  3. Lane's commentary is good - but Paul Ellingsworth's in NIGTC is probably the best exegetical commentary out there. Carson rates this one as the best available at the moment.

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  4. Lane. I used his shorter 'Hebrews: A Call to Commitment' when studying Hebrews 1:1 when a RW and have his 2vols on my when I can afford to get it this is the one commentary I want on this Bible book list :)

    The NIGTC surely isn't more useful than Lane if you don't know Greek well?!

    Oh, and if Martin's recommending mp3s, Piper's 52 on Hebrews are mostly excellent.

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  5. Er, that would be, "when studying Hebrews one-to-one when a RW", not when studying Hebrews ch.1 v.1... There's a lot to say about Hebrews 1:1, but it's not a great place to stop there!!

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  6. Lane for £30 through Amazon Marketplace isnt bad I guess, esp if it's as good as you're suggesting!

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  7. You could get hold of John Piper's sermon series on Hebrews - he did the whole book verse by verse.

    R T France did the Revised Expositor's Bible Commentary on Hebrews which I read recently, but it is not much more in depth than the BST one which I have also read. I've got Lane as well on the basis of recommendations, but haven't had a chance to look into it yet.

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  8. THe Banner lets study by Hywel Jones is good as is the Tyndale. I read Calvin as well, and he was excellent patricularly on Chapter 12.

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  9. Don't forget the ever reliable FF Bruce as well, albeit a bit dated. You can probably get the first edition for a bargain price at your nearest second hand Christian book store. Probably a good middle ground commentary and popular with Craig Blomberg too. If you are going to buy one to last you though, Lane is a fair bet.

    While I'm here though, if you want something a bit more off the wall try DeSilva's one. He doesn't even think the recipients were necessarily Hebrews and makes you think twice before making your assumptions.

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  10. in fear of sounding like a complete divvy...

    don't forget to do the work yourself: Hebrews is hard work in some places, but hard won lessons are those which reap the greatest reward.

    That said and done - carson's talks on Hebrews at UCCF staff conference several years ago were quite helpful.

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  11. Thanks Andy.
    Not the divvy thing to say. I'm already immersing myself in it - and absolutely loving it :)

    I think I have this small fear that I don't really use commentaries enough and that maybe I should lean on others a little more...

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