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by Herbert W. Bateman IV

The book of Hebrews presents interpretive challenges and theological comparisons unrivaled in the New Testament. Charts on the Book of Hebrews puts this demanding yet rewarding information in an accessible and useful format. The charts fall into four categories: Introductory matters (e.g., authorship of Hebrews) Influences in Hebrews (e.g. Second Temple messianic figures) Theological issues (e.g. words of exhortation) Exegetical concerns (e.g. figures of speech)

Students will find this an invaluable companion to classes on Hebrews. Pastors and teachers will benefit from these insightful charts to quickly clarify difficult concepts while teaching. And all visual learners will find that these charts make Hebrews more comprehensible.

Download Charts on the Book of Hebrews (Kregel Charts of the Bible and Theology) epub
ISBN: 0825424666
ISBN13: 978-0825424663
Category: Bibles
Subcategory: Bible Study & Reference
Author: Herbert W. Bateman IV
Language: English
Publisher: Kregel Publications (November 28, 2012)
Pages: 272 pages
ePUB size: 1964 kb
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Rating: 4.5
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Charts on the Book of Hebrews does an excellent job presenting the facts on the Book of Hebrews. The chart-style can be a little difficult to follow, but the information is valuable.

Contrasted with a normal commentary-style presentation, the charts present varied views on issues such as authorship without actually reaching a conclusion. This provides the reader with a good reference to examine the bare facts.

Further helpful charts include: titles assigned to Jesus in the book of Hebrews; lists of Old Testament quotations and allusions; specific word uses in Hebrew.

One particularly helpful addition is the charts related to Apocryphal and Pseudepigraphal writings. Many of these will be lesser-known to the typical reader of Hebrews but this adds to the study of Hebrews.

The work is further enhanced by the charts detailing textual issues and variances.

I am very pleased with this book.
Marvelous work possessed of a vast effort in reseach and assembly .
This is a pinnacle of information architecture, it is so well done.
A book to be highly valued. Purchased two of them, one for our son
ans self included.
May have some value to academia. I wish there had been more previews of this resource available. I even tried to reach out to the author from his contact information on his website to no avail. I would not recommend it for laymen.
Charts on the Book of Hebrews (Kregel Charts of the Bible and Theology)

My passion is teaching, especially the Bible. Therefore, I look for any tool that will help teach, explain, expand, and clarify. I have taught many courses in congregations, college, and seminary on most of the New Testament, but not Hebrews. However, if I had one organizational tool for teaching Hebrews, this book would be it. For me, this is an ideal tool for teaching, replacing many commentaries that can be long-winded. Bateman simplifies and organizes so well.

The book is literally a book of charts and nothing more; not that it lacks anything, but there is really nothing else. I was surprised that there was no introductory chapter to explain the approach of the book and some introductory comments on Hebrews. After going through the book, I found the lack of an introduction less jarring, but still a little surprising.

Bateman provides four major sections of charts: Introductory Considerations, Old Testament and 2nd Temple Influences, Theology, and Exegetical Matters. He concludes with a Chart Comment section in which he succinctly describes each of the charts with qualifications and appropriate references to source material. Although the order of the charts does not matter so much because it is a reference tool, I would have expected the Exegetical Matters chapter to be the second one (theology derives from exegesis, not the other way around).

1. Introductory Considerations

The detail on authorship provides what I would consider essential and thorough for a teaching tool. Chart 1 offers a historical overview of when an author was first proposed for Hebrews. Chart 2 expands that to show how each was developed throughout church history. Chart 3 provides the current view of commentators regarding authorship. The charts on canonical placement and related issues are very helpful for the one who teaches Hebrews. Many other charts in this section are equally essential to studying and teaching Hebrews.

2. Old Testament & 2nd Temple Influences

Charts 35-38 offer both a chart of features relative to the tabernacle/Temple, but also simple diagrams to illustrate the key features in the charts. I am teaching three courses in New Testament Survey; the same week I began teaching that course, this book arrived. Charts 42-47 were immediately pertinent to several topics I presented. So even though not directly related to Hebrews, the book itself proved very practical and timely for my own teaching. Many of the other charts in this part are imminently useful.

3. Theology in Hebrews

Charts 60-64 reflect the role of Wisdom of Solomon in Hebrews. I had studied the influence of this writing on Paul's writings for my graduate studies. It is nice to see it included and laid out this well. Chart 67 ("better than" Comparisons) is an example of something that is useful, but I may not have thought about it until seeing it. So also Charts 73 ("Once for all") and 75 ("Perfection"). Chart 72 ("Covenants of God's Program") signals my disagreement with Bateman concerning covenants and dispensations. In the Comments part of the book, he notes on this chart:
Like the era of promise, the era of fulfillment has two stages/time periods/dispensations: the church period where God's promises are inaugurated and the millennial period where God's promises are consummated and may, in fact, continue into the eternal state.

4. Exegesis In Hebrews

I am most at home in this part of the book. One helpful aspect was Chart 91 ("Jewish exegesis in Hebrews"), which covers an often neglected aspect of New Testament studies. Chart 97 ("Major Textual Issues") is especially helpful for looking at critical textual issues. I like the arrangement with both the text and variant readings and which current English translations support which reading. The significance and explanation section of the chart is succinct, but complete enough to assist the reader in evaluating the textual issue. Likewise, Chart 98 ("Figures of Speech") is extensive, as well as Charts 99-101. Excellent resource and summaries. The uniqueness charts 103-104 provide the teacher/student with a valuable tool for studying the unique words in Hebrews, but also the English translation choices associated with each.

Some Additional Thoughts

The design of the book is well suited for using charts. The layout is helpful in that all the charts are oriented in the same direction (compare Charts on the Life, Letters, and Theology of Paul. Kregel Publications, 2012). One thing that would be extremely useful for quick reference is to indicate the part in which the charts appear. For instance, on the top outside margin the title of the book is given for both facing pages. I suggest that the Book title could be on the left facing page and the Part title on the right facing page. That way the user could quickly identify into which part the table falls. While it might seem obvious with some charts, others are not so clear. And additional feature might be to shade the edges of the four parts: top 1 inch of page for Part 1, then down that much for Part 2, etc.

Concluding Thoughts

Kregel is to be commended for publishing such a useful tool, especially for pastors/teachers. As noted above I found several of the Charts immediately applicable in a non-Hebrews course. The book is both practical and extensive, often not easily done. , especially with a book as complicated as Hebrews.

Note: Thanks to Kregel Academic & Professional for the review copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
Getting to the point as well as accomplishing depth is one of my signs for a good book to read, especially a good book to read about the Bible. Charts on the Book of Hebrews is a great book for digging into Hebrews with a laser focus. That is if you like 104 lasers better known as charts.

I have become a big fan this year of Kregel Publishing's series Charts of the Bible. Herbert W. Bateman IV in laying out charts for Hebrews does so in a way that covers a myriad of options. I especially appreciated how he worked through 21 commentaries and succinctly summarized their work on the tricky issue of authorship for Hebrews and the even more vital theological teaching Hebrews provides.

My favorite charts in this book dealt with a closer look at Old Testament quotes putting the Hebrew, Septuagint and the Greek New Testament in parallel columns.

The 104 charts are laid out in 4 main parts:

1. Introductory Considerations in Hebrews.

2. Old Testament and Second Temple Influences in Hebrews.

3. Theology in Hebrews.

4. Exegetical Matters in Hebrews.

The Table of Contents lists all 104 charts as well as the sub-categories under each main part. In other words, this is an easy to use reference tool for someone teaching or preaching or wanting to simply dig deeper into the book of Hebrews. With his inclusion of 21 commentaries as well as other ancient texts, Qumran sources, and other reference material, if one wants to go deeper Bateman has pointed the way to drill down.

I give Charts on the Book of Hebrews 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend this reference tool. It's ease of use. It's directness and depth make this a turn to first book when studying Hebrews. My thanks to Kregel Publishing for a free copy to review. I wasn't required to give a positive review, I simply enjoyed the insights Bateman provided to know this great letter to the Hebrews even better.