The book of Hebrews presents interpretive challenges and theological comparisons unrivaled in the New Testament. Charts on the Book of Hebrews puts this demanding yet rewarding information in an accessible and useful format. The charts fall into four categories:
- Introductory matters (e.g., authorship of Hebrews)
- Influences in Hebrews (e.g. Second Temple messianic figures)
- Theological issues (e.g. words of exhortation)
- Exegetical concerns (e.g. figures of speech)
Students will find this an invaluable companion to classes on Hebrews. Pastors and teachers will benefit from these insightful charts to quickly clarify difficult concepts while teaching. And all visual learners will find that these charts make Hebrews more comprehensible.
About the Author
Herbert W. Bateman IV (PhD, Dallas Th eological Seminary) has taught Greek language and exegesis for more than twenty years. He is the author or editor of many works on the General Epistles, including Charts on the Book of Hebrews, Four Views on the Warning Passages in Hebrews, and Interpreting the General Letters .
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Summary: Arranging a variety of theological, authorial, thematic and linguistic data into visual form, Charts on the Book of Hebrews by Herbert W. Bateman IV offers pastor, scholars and lay persons alike a plethora of easy to access information and data on the biblical book. Review: I have to start this review by expressing my absolute delight in this book. Each page of it contains an enormous amount of data that Bateman has expertly presented in a simple, easy to understand format. Charts is like a thorough exegetical commentary, without the commentary. There are often no definitive conclusions drawn here in the charts. Rather, Bateman gathers and presents the data. For example, six charts explore various aspects of the authorship of Hebrews, but Bateman offers only the data, not his opinion. I personally found this refreshing because it let me sit back and look at the information without feeling “scholar pressure” in forming my opinions. The book is divided into four parts: 1. Introductory Considerations (including authorship, recipients, canonicity, etc.) 2. Old Testament/2nd Temple Influences 3. Theology of Hebrews 4. Exegetical Matters Each section is wonderfully helpful in understanding everything from structure, to the comparison of Jesus with the priestly line. Section four may be somewhat inaccessible to a layperson with little Greek background, but even if that were the case, the previous three sections are illuminating enough to justify a layperson adding this to his or her library. Some charts are more helpful than others, but that is to be expected in a book of this nature. Among my favorite sections are the charts tracing the Old Testament quotations and allusions in Hebrews, the portraits of God shared with Jesus in Hebrews and the “Jesus as Wisdom Paralleled” charts. For pastors, scholars and Christians going through the book of Hebrews this resource is a must-have. In fact, if you had to chose between a good commentary and this book, I would recommend this book above the commentary. Rating: 5/5 Stars (I loved it). Note: I received a physical copy of this book for free in exchange for an unbiased review.