The Epistle to the Hebrews has been the subject of controversy and conjecture: its author is unknown, its occasion unstated, and its destination disputed. But these questions pale in comparison to the
The Epistle to the Hebrews has been the subject of controversy and conjecture: its author is unknown, its occasion unstated, and its destination disputed. But these questions pale in comparison to the importance of the letter’s pervasive theme: the absolute supremacy of Christ—a supremacy which allows no challenge, whether from human or angelic beings.
Hughes’s introduction includes an outline and synopsis of Hebrews and discusses theme, origin, authorship, and date. His verse-by-verse study of the text is accessible to specialist and nonspecialist readers alike. Technical points are dealt with in notes and excursuses.
PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION
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Bruce M. Metzger
—The Princeton Seminary Bulletin
“Hughes deals fully and minutely with the Epistle from a philological as well as a theological point of view. . . .Hughes’s erudition is impressive, and his exposition and evaluation of complicated theories proposed over the centuries are models of lucidity. No one can work through this volume without gaining a deeper appreciation of the great and abiding themes taught in the Epistle in all their power and fullness. Pastors and students alike will gain from the commentary a deeper understanding of the riches of the Epistle.”
J. V. Langmead Casserley
—New Oxford Review
“What should rejoice the heart of the Catholic reader is the way in which so Evangelical a writer as Dr. Hughes affirms the basic faith in the supremacy and absoluteness of the Christ that is common to both Catholics and Evangelicals.”
Geoffrey B. Wilson
—The Banner of Truth
“Hughes has produced not only a monument of learning, but also an inspiring and compulsively readable exposition of a very difficult part of God’s Word. . . . He is obviously steeped in the literature of the Epistle and fully conversant with all shades of scholarly opinion.”
“As in the rest of Hughes’s writings, the treatment is not only full, astute, and of the highest scholarly standards but also rich in theological insight.”
Philip Edgcumbe Hughes (1915–1990) was an Anglican clergyman and New Testament scholar whose life spanned four continents: born in Australia, he grew up in South Africa, was ordained in England, and spent the latter half of his career teaching in several seminaries in the United States.
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