Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Book Review from the Pastor: Charts on the Book of Hebrews by Hebert W. Bateman IV

 Every now and then someone develops a study resource that makes you stop and ask "why in the world hasn't this been done before?" 

This is one of those times.
 Bateman has put together an incredibly helpful and comprehensive set of charts covering almost every possible issue and area of study in the book of Hebrews. 

The book is divided into four sections. 
  • Section one deals with introductory issues such as authorship, dating and destination, genre and structure, and canonicity. 
  • Section two covers Old Testament and Second Temple influences in Hebrews, emphasizing the use of the Old Testament and Second Temple literature. 
  • Section three deals with the theology of Hebrews, dealing with the Godhead, theological themes, and the infamous "warning passages." 
  • The final section covers exegetical matters such as interpretation, text critical matters, figures of speech, and significant words in Hebrews. 
As a pastor, this is an invaluable resource for preaching or teaching through Hebrews. I am hoping that someone compiles this sort of resource for every New Testament book. While the subject matter can be found in good commentaries, the neat thing is the format. Everything is put in chart format, and comparisons can be made between different views and thoughts without getting out ten different books and leafing through them. 

Overall, this is an awesome resource for any pastor or teacher.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book from Kregel Academic in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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