The book of Hebrews is one of the most fascinating yet frustrating books of the Bible,. I say that it is frustrating on due to most preachers fear of preaching a long-drawn-out exegetical series on the entire book rather than just preaching on the most well-known parts as well as misunderstanding the Old Testament references. Due to this need to preach on the book of Hebrews exegetically and correctly, a exegetical commentary is needed. One of the best exegetical commentaries is that of the New American Commentary (NAC) produced by B&H publishing.
This Commentary series is respected in both hire scholarship as well as in popular understanding. For this series combines the best of scholarship with practical applications. It is therefore easy to understand why B & H selected David L. Allen to be the author of such an important volume.
This volume begins with a 70 page introductory section which is the envy of most commentaries. It is also important to note that Allen does not focus his entire introductory section on the authorship or sources of Hebrews. Yet he does spend a considerable amount of time doing so. Also while I do not agree with Allen’s conclusion of authorship, he argues for Lukean authorship I argue for intentional anonymity, his arguments due produce good points.
Furthermore in this introductory section Allen gives a great detailed outline of the book of Hebrews, which an exegetical preacher can use as a outline to preach from as well as a great excursus on the themes shown in the book of Hebrews. With regard to the commentary proper, Allen deals with each verse in turn. He make sure that the student of scripture will be able to understand the book of Hebrews and its original context as well as it’s interconnections to the rest of scripture as a whole. Furthermore there are invaluable application insights scattered throughout this work.
In the end Allen has a great interaction with scholarship that normal volumes in the NAC, I found this to be very helpful but not all pastors will. As others have pointed out 6:4-8 is over fifty pages long which can be difficult to wade through. Besides that I found the commentary to be very fruitful. I therefore recommend this commentary highly amongst a packed field of worthy exegetical commentaries.
These books was provided to me free of charge from B&H Academic Press in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.