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Hebrews by Craig Koester
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Mar 21, 09

Read in March, 2009

I picked up Koester's commentary on Hebrews because it promised historical context, especially of the book's use in Christian history, plus a discussion of the Greek and Roman rhetorical world. It provided those details, but also a consistent pastoral theme. At first I found wading through the Anchor commentaries sections - translation, notes on the text, and then comments on the text, a bit laborious, but it came to be second nature by the end. Koester weighs interpretations, provides the full range of differing views, and offers his own well-considered opinions. After reading his commentary I consistently found my view of the Biblical text expanded and not constrained by arcane knowledge inexplicable to normal Bible readers. It has made teaching Hebrews exciting and consistently challenging.
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