Types and Shadows in the Epistle to the Hebrews
John Heading, Aberystwyth
This is a fresh commentary of more than 200 pages, published by Gospel Tract Publications, 48 York Street, Glasgow G2. Available from the author (see rear cover). Price £1 -50. Canadian and U.S.A. distributors: Everyday Publications, Toronto, Canada.
The Epistle to the Hebrews was written because "believers (that is, Jewish converts to the faith prior to the destruction of the temple at Jerusalem in A.D. 70) were returning to the ceremony of the law, in order to avoid the persecution (from their fellow-nationals) that separation from it (the effect of the cross of Christ for them) had caused". They were thus in danger of forsaking Christ for the old schoolmaster, Gal. 3. 24; of going back from the body to a shadow, Col. 2. 17 ; and of letting go the administration of the Spirit for the ministration of death, 2 Cor. 3. 7-8. The sole corrective to this threatened apostasy of Jewish believers is, as brother Heading indicates in the sub-title to his book, to "exalt Christ".
Like all of our brother's books on the New Testament which have been published to date (Acts, 1 & 2 Corinthians and The Revelation), this keeps very close to Holy Scripture. It is, in fact, based on his notes made for a verse-by-verse exposition to a study group in Aberystwyth. Anyone with a desire to study Hebrews will benefit from having such a book alongside his Bible (preferably the Authorised Version, the version adopted by the author), and referring to it as each group of verses is consecutively dealt with. And if the prayerful study of Hebrews helps one to appreciate Christ more and more, then, surely, no privileges will be esteemed greater than worshipping where He ministers, and suffering where He suffered. DC.
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