Hughes, R. Kent. Hebrews: An Anchor for the Soul. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Publishing, 2015. 543 pp. $36.99.
New Testament Commentary
Have you ever picked up a commentary, which is so rich it is hard to put down? Hebrews: An Anchor for the Soul is one of those commentaries. Written “by pastors for pastors,” the Preaching the Word commentary series is a valuable resource. It is not your grammatical-historical commentaries, which are also necessary. These commentaries take all the necessary research and demonstrate how to bring it all together into a coherent and powerful sermon. This series is quickly becoming a go to resource. When you pick up Hebrews: An Anchor for the Soul, you will not want to put it down because it is honey to the heart and music to the ear.
In Hebrews: Anchor for the Soul, Hughes is a master exegete, expounding the text for the reader with all the necessary research. Hughes takes the book of Hebrews and demonstrates how the supremacy of Christ is help and hope to a small struggling church in the 1st century. Then he masterfully shows how God’s eloquence to the 1st century is also His eloquence to us in the 21st century. Hughes takes us through all the themes in Hebrews, not to give us information, although he does, but to call the reader to a transformation of heart and life.
Benefit for Pastoral Ministry
Any resource, which provides help to the Pastor to bring the text to life, is an invaluable resource. Hughes provides a model for us, on how to preach through Hebrews. Hughes not only expounds Hebrews, but it is bursting with illustrations, which displays for us how to reach, not only the mind, but also the heart. Hughes skillfully exhibits how to get the book of Hebrews from the study, to the pulpit, to the ear.
Essential — Recommended — Helpful — Pass It By
Hebrews: An Anchor for the Soul proclaims the supremacy of Christ and demands a transformative life change because Christ is supreme in all things.