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First Look: Concordia Commentary: Hebrews

Nestled between the New Testament books of Philemon and James, the Book of Hebrews was written as a sermon to be preached during the congregational worship service. Like all Scripture, it bears witness to Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. And it is this book that is the focus of the latest volume in the Concordia Commentary series.

This commentary by Dr. John W. Kleinig, esteemed theologian, emeritus professor, and a pastor of the Lutheran Church of Australia, features a unique interpretation rooted in his intimate familiarity with the Old Testament and the Book of Leviticus in particular. For to understand the teaching of the Book of Hebrews, it is imperative to have a solid grasp of the liturgical framework of the Law of Moses. As the first Lutheran scholar in 150 years to write commentaries on both Leviticus and Hebrews, Kleinig is able to draw on the details of the divine service according to the old covenant to enable his readers to comprehend the entrance into the holy places given in the service of the new covenant by the blood of Jesus.

Dr. Kleinig’s exposition reflects his decades of experience as a biblical scholar, author, and pastoral theologian. He takes seriously the sacramental language of the flesh and blood of Jesus and the washing with pure water that cleanses our consciences before God. This language is connected to the proclamation of the Gospel and the administration of Baptism, Absolution, and the Lord’s Supper in the worship life of the church today.

The commentary provides the author’s own original translation, meticulous textual notes on the Greek text and its rhetoric, and analysis of each passage in relation to the book as a whole. While this academic commentary is designed to provide pastors, professors, and teachers with greater insight into the intent of the biblical text, the exposition is also accessible for a wide variety of readers.

As with all the volumes in this landmark series, this Hebrews commentary fully affirms the divine inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture as it emphasizes “that which promotes Christ.”

This volume releases on May 31, 2017, but you can preorder it now!

Written by

Barbara Shippy

Barbara Shippy was an associate editor at Concordia Publishing House. She attended the University of Missouri—Columbia, where she studied journalism and French. Barbara and her husband enjoy going to baseball games, traveling, and playing on the worship team at church.

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