March 22, 2009

Book Review: Hebrews

It is my privilege to review the commentary Hebrews: Ancient Encouragement for Believers Today. This book is written by Ed Fudge of Edward Fudge Ministries. You can read Ed's testimony here. Dan discovered Ed almost 10 years ago, and we have been receiving his GracEmails ever since. These are 3 paragraph emails where Ed addresses theological questions raised by his readers. Ed's writing style has always been theologically sound, easy to comprehend, and inspirational. The same way I describe Ed's GracEmails is the way I would describe his new book.

We all love having a good commentary when we want an in depth look at a book of the Bible, but so often to find that if it has strong theological content we can barely comprehend it! Not so here. In this book Ed utilizes his vast theological training, but does not bog us down with terminology that doesn't actually help us understand the text. Instead, Ed's education is a springboard for embracing what Hebrews is supposed to mean for us today. As the intro of this book states: "This commentary is written for the serious Bible student who seeks scholarly content in non-technical terms. As such, it bridges a gap that many commentaries simply ignore." Nothing is watered down, and yet these Biblical truths are explained simply and thoroughly.

I love this written by Ed in the "About This Commentary". It shows his heart: "Reverent scholarship is important, and that has ever been my goal. However, as beneficiaries of the new covenant, our ultimate teacher is God himself (Hebrews 8:10-11). With that reality in mind, let us fix our eyes on Jesus and receive with faith the word that God has spoken by his
Son (Hebrews 12:2; 4:2)."

Check back later today for an interview with Ed!!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for helping make this book known. May God use it to point many readers to fix their eyes on Jesus and be encouraged!
Cordially, Edward Fudge (not really anonymous)