Hebrews does not appear to be high on the list of “favorite books in the Bible” for that many today, but anyone who has spent solid hours poring over the pages of this NT book will know that Hebrews is rich in theology and demanding in moral vigor. There are lots of good commentaries on Hebrews, and I’ve mentioned them here, but one that came to my attention too late to be included in my listing is by Edward Fudge: Hebrews: Ancient Encouragement for Believers Today
. He’s got pages of blurbs and a nice foreword by Haddon Robinson.
Commentary writing usually leads to boring prose; after all, the “plot” of a book is already known and the job of a commentary is to explain what is already there not to invent something that is not there, though many commentaries have done the latter. Fudge, however, parts from the norm by writing prose that keeps the reader alert. He’s got a good format: the “Why and Wherefore” (big picture, clear idea of whole passage) is followed by “Unpacking the Text” (made clear and accessible for English-Bible readers) and throughout excellent sidebars. He is more Calvinist than Arminian on the apostasy passages in Hebrews. This commentary is marked by a thoroughly christocentric approach and a keen sensitivity for the pastor/preacher. For its size and scope, I can’t think of a better commentary.