Hebrews – Gareth Lee Cockerill – New International Commentary on the New Testament

Hebrews New International CommentaryGareth Lee Cockerill is the author of the Hebrews volume in the New International Commentary on the New Testament series.

This commentary offers a well- constructed sermon that encourages its hearers to persevere despite persecution and hardships in light of Christ’s unique sufficiency as Savior.

Cockerill analyzes the book’s rhetorical, chiastic shape and interprets each passage in light of this overarching structure.

He also offers a new analysis of the epistle’s use of the Old Testament — continuity and fulfillment rather than continuity and discontinuity — and shows how this consistent usage is relevant for contemporary biblical interpretation.

Written in a clear, engaging, and accessible style, this commentary will benefit pastors, laypeople, students, and scholars alike. [1]

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Volume Reviews

“We are living in an age of incredibly good evangelical commentaries. Gary Cockerill’s Hebrews is among the best, a first-rate work that is both readable and very deep. The centrality of rhetorical analysis and structural concerns adds a lot to the value of this work, and his insights about the use of the Old Testament in understanding the book’s message are extremely helpful. . . . Readers will gain a fine understanding of this incredibly important epistle and its place in the life of the church.”

— Grant Osborne, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“It is no easy task to write a replacement for the work of such a scholar as F. F. Bruce on so demanding a book as Hebrews, but Cockerill amply justifies the trust placed in him by the editor of this series. In particular the attention that Cockerill pays to the author’s use of the Old Testament and to the book’s structure takes readers beyond Bruce’s work. The exposition of the letter is profound and practical and yet so clearly presented that preachers will be particularly grateful for this volume.”

— I. Howard Marshall, University of Aberdeen

“As in the best commentaries, this volume is more than a rehashing of scholarship; it is also a contribution to the same. Cockerill advances new proposals regarding the structure of the sermon and its author’s hermeneutics of the Jewish Scriptures. Cockerill’s Hebrews will proudly take its place alongside Attridge’s, Lane’s, and Koester’s commentaries as an essential resource.”

— David A. deSilva, Ashland Theological Seminary

“Gary Cockerill successfully integrates a thorough immersion in contemporary research on Hebrews with exegetical insight and pastoral sensitivity. This masterfully organized, crisply written commentary pulls together Cockerill’s untiring work over the past three and a half decades. I highly recommend it.”

— George H. Guthrie, Union University

“Provides a convenient summary of previous scholarship, while also advancing discussion at several crucial points.”

— Theological Book Review

“The commentary is thorough without bombarding the reader with irrelevant minutiae, shows independence in making exegetical decisions, and is approachable while still giving essential technical details. . . . Helpful and comprehensive. . . . A solid addition to the NICNT series.”

— Biblical Theology Bulletin

“The commentary is detailed and readable, and Cockerill succeeds remarkably well in clearly explaining a range of scholarly views about complex issues. . . . The commentary engages throughout with a wide array of relevant literature, including the most recent studies, and it is very evidently the fruit of a long and deep immersion in Hebrews.”

— Journal for the Study of the New Testament

“Cockerill’s commentary is a splendid addition to the NICNT and should serve as a standard exegetical resource for many years to come.”

— Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

“An exegetically insightful and theologically sensitive reading of Hebrews. . . . Anyone planning to study, teach, or preach through Hebrews should have this commentary at their side.”

— Denver Journal

“It is comprehensive, sensitive, and thorough, and engages with a wide range of secondary literature through extensive footnotes. . . . A genuine contribution to the study of Hebrews with an accessible analysis of the text. . . . This commentary will be a valuable addition to any pastor’s bookshelf.”

— Regent’s Reviews

Commentary Series

“Faithful criticism” characterizes volumes in The New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT). Begun in the late 1940s by an international team of New Testament scholars, the NICNT series has been widely recognized by pastors, students, and scholars alike for its attention to the text of Scripture, its currency with contemporary scholarship, and its service to the global church.

The interpretive work reflected in these commentaries is based on careful study of the Greek text, but commentary readers need not be practiced in the biblical languages in order to benefit from them.

In the same way, NICNT volumes reflect serious work in technical areas — such as linguistics, textual criticism, and historical concerns — but the commentary itself focuses on understanding the text rather than navigating scholarly debates.

Readers can turn to the footnotes and excursuses for more specialized interaction with the Greek text and engagement with critical issues and literature.

Under the editorship of outstanding New Testament scholars — first Ned Stonehouse (Westminster Theological Seminary), then F. F. Bruce (University of Manchester, England) and Gordon D. Fee (Regent College, Canada), and now Joel B. Green (Fuller Theological Seminary) — the NICNT series has flourished.

In order to keep the commentary fresh and contemporary, NICNT volumes are revised and replaced as needed.

Newer volumes in the NICNT account for emergent emphases in biblical studies.

These include heightened attention to rhetorical features of New Testament texts, the cultural settings within which they were written, and their theological significance for God’s people.

In this way, the NICNT series endures as an accessible, authoritative guide to the biblical text.

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