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Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation: Commentary on Hebrews
Author: Thomas R. Schreiner
Category: Commentaries

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The Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation Commentary series explores the theology of the Bible in considerable depth, spanning both Testaments. Authors come from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, though all affirm the inerrancy and inspiration of Scripture. United in their belief in the underlying unity of Scripture, each author explores the contribution of a given book or group of books to the theology of Scripture as a whole. All volumes provide a discussion of introductory matters, including the book’s historical setting and the literary structure. Also included is an exegetical treatment of all the relevant passages in succinct commentary-style format. The major contribution of each volume, however, is a thorough discussion of the most important themes of the biblical book in relation to the canon as a whole.

This format, in itself, would already be a valuable contribution to biblical theology. But there are other series that try to accomplish a survey of the Bible’s theology as well. What distinguishes the present series is its orientation toward Christian proclamation. As a result, the ultimate purpose of this set of volumes is not exclusively, or even primarily, academic. Rather, we seek to relate biblical theology to our own lives and to the life of the church. Our desire is to equip those in Christian ministry who are called by God to preach and teach the precious truths of Scripture to their congregations.

In his volume on Hebrews, Thomas R. Schreiner says, "The words of Jesus on the cross, 'it is finished' (John 19:30) capture the theology of Hebrews. My aim in this commentary is to focus on the biblical theology of the letter. The emphasis on biblical theology shows up especially in the introduction and conclusion where theological structures and themes are considered. The commentary will conclude, after presenting an exegesis of each chapter, with a discussion of some major theological themes in Hebrews.”

About the Author:
Thomas R. Schreiner is the James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Professor of Biblical Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY. He serves as Associated Dean of the School of Theology. Dr. Schreiner joined the Southern faculty in 1997 after serving 11 years on the faculty at Bethel Theological Seminary. He also taught New Testament at Azusa Pacific University. Dr. Schreiner, a Pauline scholar, is the author or editor of several books. Dr. Schreiner was educated at Western Oregon University (B.S.) Western Conservative Baptist Seminary (M.Div.; Th.M.), and Fuller Theological Seminary (Ph.D.).

Endorsements

The modern church is plagued with doctrinal amnesia. A strong does of expository preaching with a doctrinal emphasis is the only remedy. Yet few commentaries highlight the great doctrines of the Christian faith in their treatment. This commentary is a remarkable exception. Schreiner accurately expounds Hebrews verse by verse. He then synthesizes the theology of the entire book, showing how the theology of Hebrews integrates with the theology of the Bible as a whole. This commentary will help pastors formulate a more biblical theology and explain the rich theology of Hebrews to their congregations.
Charles Quarles, professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Tom Schreiner’s new commentary on Hebrews, a Bible book that is considered difficult by many, will help both pastors and Christian believers in general appreciate the foundationally important theological emphases and spiritual challenges of this New Testament text. Readers will be enriched in their understanding of the manifold theological and exegetical traditions that feed into one of the New Testament’s most consistently pastoral compositions. And they will be challenged to internalize strategies for revitalizing believers who are in danger of succumbing to the pressures that belonging to a minority entails. The volume is a worthy contribution to the expanding commentary literature on Hebrews.
Eckhardt Schnabel, Mary F. Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary