Endorsements & Reviews-
How fitting it is that after some thirty-five years since the appearance of
his original Anchor Bible Commentary on Hebrews Professor George Wesley
Buchanan again turns his hand to this challenging document of early
Christianity--now as an intertextual commentary. Here he further elaborates
upon his novel thesis that Hebrews 1-12 is a midrashic sermon based on Psalm
110, giving special attention throughout to its frequent use of scripture.
The commentary in a way represents vintage Buchanan. It is at once fresh,
bold, provocative, suggestive, learned, and filled with helpful insight.
Buchanan is equally conversant with ancient sources and modern scholarship,
including recent archaeology. His masterful knowledge of Judaism, displayed
in many publications over the years, pays rich dividends in the commentary.
Buchanan is never dull, never predictable. Never does one have the feeling
that one is getting things second hand; on the contrary, it is continually
evident that one is reading the result of a direct, fresh encounter with the
text. Above all, Buchanan does what he also asks his readers to do: Think
for yourself! Knowledge, after all, will not progress if one accepts only
traditional and settled opinions on everything. This is anything but just
another commentary on Hebrews. It will engage and challenge readers as very
few commentaries do! Therefore, I am happy to recommend it!
Donald A. Hagner
George Eldon Ladd Professor of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary