How can the Letter to the Hebrews help Christians grow in their faith?
The Letter to the Hebrews tells us that God is trustworthy—that we can trust in Jesus’s defeat of death to lead us to eternal life. Complicating this crucial message, the letter’s enigmatic origins, dense intertextuality, and complex theological import can present challenges to believers wrestling with the text today.
Amy Peeler opens up Hebrews for Christians seeking to understand God in this learned and pastoral volume of Commentaries for Christian Formation. Her fresh translation and detailed commentary offer insights into Christology, the relationship between Judaism and Christianity, and the letter’s canonical resonances. She pays special attention to how the text approaches redemption, providing consolation for the anxious and correction for the presumptuous.
Peeler explains the letter’s original context while remaining focused on its relevance to Christian communities today. Pastors and lay readers alike will learn how Hebrews helps them know, trust, and love God more deeply.
List of Abbreviations
Hebrews 1:1–14: The Exaltation of the Son
Hebrews 2:1–18: The Humility of the Son
Hebrews 3:1–4:13: The Wilderness
Hebrews 4:14–5:10: The Great High Priest
Hebrews 5:11–6:20: The Steadfast Anchor
Hebrews 7:1–26: The Order of Melchizedek
Hebrews 8:1–10:18: The New Covenant
Hebrews 10:19–39: Approaching in Faith
Hebrews 11:1–40: The Testimony of the Faithful
Hebrews 12:1–29: Running to the Mountain
Hebrews 13:1–25: Living Faithfully