The book of Hebrews is a book that achieves its pastoral and practical goal of encouraging and exhorting perseverance in the faith through biblical and theological arguments. There are a number of unknowns in considering much of the background information yet some reasonable conclusions can be drawn from the text and the context. A number of the needs of the audience can be drawn from what the author states and it seems as though the preacher’s desire is for his listeners to hold fast to the hope they have confessed. The multiple methods employed to achieve this desire are vast yet the dominant focus is Christ, the sacrificial high priest of a new covenant.
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Illustrate from Hebrews how pastoral and practical goals are reached through biblical and theological arguments.
These books are ordered from the most useful to the least used resource in my research. There are a few journal articles and websites at times as well.
God Has Spoken in His Son: A Biblical Theology of Hebrews – O’Brien, Peter T.
The Theology of the Letter to the Hebrews – Lindars, Barnabas
The Cradle, The Cross, and the Crown: An Introduction to the New Testament – Köstenberger, Kellum & Quarles
The Epistle to the Hebrews – Bruce, F. F.
The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews and the First and Second Epistles of St Peter – Calvin, Jean
An Introduction to the New Testament – Carson & Moo
The Teaching of the Epistle to the Hebrews – Vos, Geerhardus
From Pentecost to Patmos: Acts to Revelation – Blomberg, Craig
The New Covenant in Hebrews – Lehne, Susanne
The Message of Hebrews: Christ Above All – Brown, Raymond
The Letter to the Hebrews: An Introduction and Commentary – Guthrie, Donald
What Are They Saying About the Letter to the Hebrews? – Harrington, Daniel J.
Raiding the Lost Ark: Recovering the Gospel of the Covenant King – Rhodes, Jonty
The Gospel in the Epistle to the Hebrews – Tasker, R. V. G.
The Epistle to the Hebrews: A Commentary on the Greek Text – Ellingworth, Paul
Hebrews: A Call to Commitment – Lane, William L.
The Majestic Son: A Message of Encouragement – Adam, Peter
The Essence of the New Testament: A Survey – Towns & Butierrez