Item description for Hebrews for Everyone (For Everyone) by Tom Wright & N. T. Wright...
Overview Writing in an approachable and anecdotal style, Wright guides readers around the letter to the Hebrews, one of the most challenging writings in the New Testament.
Writing in an approachable and anecdotal style, Tom Wright helps us to find our way around the letter to the Hebrews, one of the most challenging writings in the New Testament. He acknowledges that people often find it difficult, because some of the ideas it contains are strange to us. Yet, like meeting a new friend, Wright helps us to find Hebrews full of interest and delight, with a powerful message that comes home to the church of today and tomorrow just as much as it did to the church of yesterday.
Tom Wright has undertaken a tremendous task: to provide guides to all the books of the New Testament, and to include in them his own translation of the entire text. Each short passage is followed by a highly readable discussion with background information, useful explanations and suggestions, and thoughts as to how the text can be relevant to our lives today. A glossary is included at the back of the book. The series is suitable for group study, personal study, or daily devotions.
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.42" Width: 5.32" Height: 0.49" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2004
Publisher PRESBYTERIAN PUBLISHING #86
Series For Everyone
ISBN 0664227937 ISBN13 9780664227937
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Very Readable, but great scholarship Dec 30, 2005
As a pastor I feel comfortable recommending this commentary and the entire Everyone series to them, because not only are these commentaries excellent scholarly interpretation, but are very readable. N T Wright has the ability to write in a very technical scholarly style or in a manner that everyone can understand and he masterfully demonstrates that fact with the Everyone series.
Wright provides a translation of the entire Epistle that starts each section, then he tells an applicable story that leads into his discussion of the meaning of the text.
Wright captures the essence of the meaning of the Epistle. What is great about this commentary is not just the fact its easy to read, but Wright's interpretation makes sense of the entire epistle and really he leaves very little unturned in this book. He takes seriously the Jewish cultural milieu of the writer and audience of Hebrews and does not succumb to the popular trend to make the writer an eclectic Greco- Roman theologian that relied primarily on Greco-Roman sources as opposed to Jewish sources. He avoids the idea that Paul could not have possibly been connected to anyone connected with Palestinian Christianity. The writer of Hebrews was Jewish and was addressing the concerns of Jewish and maybe even Gentile believers about the relevance of the Temple in Jerusalem.
Wright has many great stories and illustrations in all of his Everyone commentaries, but perhaps his best one was no doubt in his comments on Hebrews 8:1-6. Here he takes table-top soccer (he calls it football) and says that no one would mistake it for the real thing. He says that if this table soccer game was given to a family that knew nothing of the real thing they might imagine it to be the real thing. He then says that in the same the earthly Temple was not the real thing and that the real thing is in heaven. The Temple was just a copy of the reality, but the Jewish establishment thought it was the real thing.
This was just one of the many great illustrations that you will find in the commentary and his interpretations, though not infallible, are certainly reliable.