Cockerill, Gareth Lee. The Epistle to the Hebrews. The New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012.
This commentary by Gareth Lee Cockerill offers fresh insight into the Epistle to the Hebrews, a well-constructed sermon that encourages its hearers to persevere despite persecution and hardships in light of Christ’s unique sufficiency as Savior. Cockerill analyzes the book’s rhetorical, chiastic shape and interprets each passage in light of this overarching structure. He also offers a new analysis of the epistle’s use of the Old Testament — continuity and fulfillment rather than continuity and discontinuity — and shows how this consistent usage is relevant for contemporary biblical interpretation. Written in a clear, engaging, and accessible style, this commentary will benefit pastors, laypeople, students, and scholars alike.
I. Howard Marshall
— University of Aberdeen
“It is no easy task to write a replacement for the work of such a scholar as F. F. Bruce on so demanding a book as Hebrews, but Cockerill amply justifies the trust placed in him by the editor of this series. In particular the attention that Cockerill pays to the author’s use of the Old Testament and to the book’s structure takes readers beyond Bruce’s work. The exposition of the letter is profound and practical and yet so clearly presented that preachers will be particularly grateful for this volume.”
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