Book Review: Peter T. O’Brien, Hebrews (PNTC)


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O’Brien, Peter T. Hebrews. PNTC; Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2010. 630 pp. Hb; $52.   Link to Eerdmans     Link to Logos   Interview with O’Brien by TGC

Peter T. O’Brien is emeritus professor at Moore College in Sydney, Australia. He has already contributed major commentaries on Colossians and Philemon in the WBC (1982), Philippians in the NIGTC (1991) and Ephesians in the PNTC (1999).

Introductory Material. An introduction to Hebrews covers topics not necessary for other New Testament books. O’Brien’s 43 page introduction deals with authorship first, beginning with the traditional view Paul was the author, then examines the evidence for Barnabas or Apollos as authors before settling on an unknown author as the most satisfying solution.

O'Brien HebrewsMost commentaries on Hebrews devote a significant section to the situation of the readers, destination and date. After examining the possibility the readers were Gentile, he concludes that the preponderance of…

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