Bible Review 7:5, October 1991

Bible Books

The Epistle to the Hebrews

Harold W. Attridge (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1989) 467 pp., $19.95

“The most elegant and sophisticated, and perhaps the most enigmatic, text of first-century Christianity.” In these words, Harold Attridge correctly describes the New Testament book known as the Epistle to the Hebrews.

Hebrews is unique in its theology, especially in its interpretation of Jesus Christ as a heavenly high priest. In Attridge’s new commentary in Fortress Press’ Hermeneia series, all of the things that make Hebrews unique, as well as enigmatic, elegant and sophisticated, are taken up for extended learned discussion, with the result that this commentary can now be said to be the best on Hebrews in any language and clearly one of the finest commentaries available on any biblical book.

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