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For many readers the Epistle to the Hebrews is among the most difficult books of the New Testament. Understanding its message calls for a great familiarity with its Old Testament background and a good knowledge of first-century biblical exegesis. This volume on Hebrews covers both of those fronts. When first published in 1964, Bruce's Hebrews received critical acclaim, and over the years it has become a classic work of evangelical biblical scholarship. Just before his death in 1990, Bruce completed a full revision of the text, incorporating twenty-five years of further study. Every reader of Hebrews -- whether student or scholar, minister or layperson -- will benefit from the careful exegesis and pastoral wisdom distilled in this volume.
About the New International Commentary on the New Testament
"Faithful criticism" characterizes volumes in The New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT), and is widely recognized by pastors, students, and scholars alike for its attention to the text of Scripture, its currency with contemporary scholarship, and its service to the global church.
The interpretive work reflected in these commentaries is based on careful study of the Greek text, but commentary readers need not be practiced in the biblical languages to benefit from them. In the same way, NICNT volumes reflect serious work in technical areas — such as linguistics, textual criticism, and historical concerns — but the commentary itself focuses on understanding the text rather than navigating scholarly debates. Readers can turn to the footnotes and excursuses for more specialized interaction with the Greek text and engagement with critical issues and literature.