Skip to main content

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?


  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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!!

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

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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...


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

"Big eyes full of wonder"

Books. Fiction. Libraries. Second only to churches as are the best gateways in your community to ultimate reality and new possibilities.

Our local library has just re-opened after refurbishment, and I love that our boys have spent several mornings there during the summer holidays, discovering some wonderful new stories.

I realised a few months back that I wasn't reading enough fiction. My work necessitates reading a lot of non-fiction, a mix of historical and contemporary thinking, biblical studies and theology. But fiction is the cinderella. Easily overlooked, and yet able to awaken my imagination and show me the way things are meant to be.

So I've picked up a few more lately - bought and borrowed. Not every book attempted flies, and that's ok. These have been winners though.

Ink. This is Alice Broadway's debut novel. It's young adult fiction and tells the story of Leora who lives in a world where the events of your life are tattooed on your skin. Nothing gets hid…

Uniquely Matthew

Reading gospel accounts in parallel is sometimes used to blur the differences in perspective between the evangelists, seeking to harmonise the texts and find a definitive historical account of what happened. No such thing exists because every account is biased and limited. You simply can't record everything. You have to hold a vantage point. And that's not a problem.

Matthew, Mark and Luke take a very different vantage point to John who was of course an eyewitness himself of the events. Comparing the text of Matthew, Mark and Luke across the death and resurrection of Jesus yields two steps.

Firstly, the common ground. All three accounts tell of...
Simon of Cyrene carrying the cross…. · Jesus labelled as King of the Jews…. · Criminals crucified with Jesus… · Darkness in the daytime… · Jesus' loud final cry… The women who witnessed Jesus death, and Jesus' burial… · The tomb lent to Jesus by Joseph of Arimithea… · The women who went to the tomb on the morning of the…

Songs we're singing in Church

Christians are a singing people, it's part of what we do when we gather.

Our church meets morning an evening on a Sunday - normally using 5 songs in each service. So, over the year that's about 520 song-slots available. The report from the database system we use ( tells us that in the past year we've sung about 150 different songs.

Our current most used song has been sung 11 times in the last year, just under once a month. Our top 10 are used about every 6 weeks. By #30 we're talking about songs used every two months. The tail is long and includes loads of classic hymns from across the centuries, plus other songs from the past 40 years, that we have used around once a term or less.

1. Rejoice - Dustin Kensrue

2. Come Praise & Glorify - Bob Kauflin

3. Man of Sorrows - Hillsong

4. Cornerstone - Hillsong

Rejoice was a song I didn't previously know, along with a couple of others that have quickly become firm favourites for me: Chri…