Hebrews - Concordia Commentary

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Dr. Kleinig emphasizes the liturgical elements of Hebrews in this Concordia Commentary.
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“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” [Hebrews 11:1] There are an abundance of things not seen–an anonymous author to an anonymous congregation–in this Epistle, but its faithfulness shines clearly. Based on new field evidence and rhetorical factors in the text, Dr. John Kleinig endorses the stance that Hebrews is a single, written piece with liturgical elements that suggest it was presented as a sermon. The commentary serves readers as a catechetical, homiletic, liturgical, and pastoral guide through the text of Hebrews, though it remains a valuable academic source with its detailed textual analysis.


  • Survey of the liturgical nature and purpose of Hebrews
  • Overview of rhetorical techniques
  • Analysis of Old Testament References in Hebrews

Additional Essays

  • On the Anonymous Speaker in Hebrews
  • The Structure of Hebrews
  • The Canonical Status of Hebrews

About the Author

Dr. John W. Kleinig is emeritus Professor of Exegetical Theology, Australian Lutheran College (formerly Luther Seminary), Adelaide, Australia. He studied at Adelaide University (B.A. with Honors), Luther Seminary (M.Div.), and the University of Cambridge, England (M.Phil. and Ph.D.).


“A commentary on the highest level of scholarly discussion with a comprehensive treatment of the ongoing debate.”
—Wolfgang Kraus, Professor of New Testament, University of the Saarland, Germany, and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Septuaginta Deutsch

“Detailed yet highly readable. . . Brims with insights.”
—David M. Moffitt, Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies, University of St Andrews, Scotland

“A clearly written, thought-provoking interpretation.”
Gareth Lee Cockerill, Professor of Biblical Interpretation and Theology, Wesley Biblical Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi, and author of Hebrews in the New International Commentary on the New Testament

“A monumental commentary.”
—Christian Grappe, Professor of New Testament, Faculty of Protestant Theology, University of Strasbourg, France

About the Series

The Concordia Commentary Series: A Theological Exposition of Sacred Scripture is written to enable pastors and teachers of the Word to proclaim the Gospel with greater insight, clarity, and faithfulness to the divine intent of the Biblical text.

The series will cover all the canonical books of the Old and New Testament, with an original translation and meticulous grammatical analysis of the Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek of each text. The foremost interpretive lens centers on the unified proclamation of the person and work of Christ across every Scriptural book.

The Commentary fully affirms the divine inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture; Each passage bears witness to the confession that God has reconciled the world to Himself through the incarnation, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ His Son.

Authors expose the rich treasury of language, imagery, and thematic content of the Scripture, while supplementing their work with additional research in archaeology, history, and extrabiblical literature. Throughout, God’s Word emanates from authors careful attention and inculcates the ongoing life of the Church in Word, Sacrament, and daily confession.

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Section of BibleNew Testament, General Epistles
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