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5.0 out of 5 stars A Serious and Helpful Academic Commentary, 15 Feb 2013
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This review is from: The Epistle to the Hebrews (New International Commentary on the New Testament) (Hardcover)
The NICNT remains at the forefront of modern Christian commentaries, and is currently edited by Gordon Fee. This replacement for FF Bruce's legendary 1990 commentary in the same series is larger (742 pages vs. 426) and very scholarly, being suitable for a Masters student or a serious amateur. This is also Fee's last outing as editor of the series.

Cockerill places a lot of emphasis on Hebrews use of the Old Testament, and the reader will learn a lot about the sense of the book, its thrust and its nuances.

Like most commentaries this is not really a book for reading in one go, but rather a lifelong reference. Whereas one can just look up a verse or a passage, it has to be said that a greater understanding is achieved by a thorough reading of the volume.

Cockerill is not preaching in this volume, he is leading the reader by hand through a comprehensive exegesis with reference to all the best modern scholarship. You will feel able to disagree with Cockerill without having to close the book in shame, but this is a comprehensive work and to disagree too much is to approach the work with a closed mind.

There is something here for every Christian believer and theology student, and along with Lane this shares the spot of best Hebrews commentary in my library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Academic and readable!, 24 Sep 2014
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This review is from: The Epistle to the Hebrews (New International Commentary on the New Testament) (Hardcover)
As this kind of commentary goes, one that is seriously engaging with the Greek text, this is one of the best. It may not be as technical as some others (Ellingsworth for example) but with his own translation of the text Cockerill is definitely worth checking out if you are involved in that kind of study. The other really good thing about it is that it is pretty easy to read and therefore very good in just a straightforward exegesis (what it's all about) of the text. I've used as a bit now as I am involved in some in-depth study of the book of Hebrews, and I certainly think it stands up pretty well alongside the more technical commentaries without taking anything away from a straightforward understanding of what the book of Hebrews is all about. It is a bit on the expensive side (academic commentaries like this and never cheap) but if you're aiming by one commentaries this type I suspect this would be one of, if not the best one.
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