Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A Major New Commentary on Hebrews By A Wesley Biblical Seminary Professor

Dr. Gareth L. Cockerill, Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Wesley Biblical Seminary, is a major American authority on the book of Hebrews. When I attended Wesley Biblical Seminary, Dr. Cockerill was the chairman of the Hebrews Study Group for the Evangelical Theological Society. (I don't know if that is still the case.) Dr. Cockerill was chosen to write an updated commentary on Hebrews for the New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICOT). This new commentary is to replace the commentary written by the late F.F. Bruce. To be chosen for such a task is a tribute to Dr. Cockerill's scholarship as F.F. Bruce was one of the 20th century's most renowned New Testament scholars. Roy Ingle, at his Arminian Today blog, has a good review of Dr. Cockerill's commentary here. ( Roy does misidentify Wesley Biblical Seminary (WBS) as Wesley Seminary. WBS is in Jackson, MS. The other seminary is in Indiana.) Dr. Cockerill has written other commentaries on Hebrews. His Hebrews: A Commentary for Bible Students is an excellent resource for pastors who wish to teach a series on Hebrews from the pulpit or in a class. Dr. Cockerill wrote the Guidebook for Pilgrims to the Heavenly City so that Hebrews could be shared with a Muslim audience. Dr. Cockerill's commentary is published by Eerdmans.

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