Commentaries on Hebrews

On this page you will find Bible commentaries on the New Testament book of Hebrews. The commentaries listed first are those that have received the best reviews. You will also find options for commentaries on Hebrews that help pastors, teachers, and readers with application of the text, commentaries that approach the Scripture verse-by-verse, classic Christian commentaries, and much more.

Top Reviewed Commentaries on Hebrews



Hebrews 1-8 and 9-13 (WBC) by William L. Lane


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Accolades:

D.A. Carson: “accessible to pastors and students…[a] mix of technical comment and thoughtful theology”

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on Hebrews

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a technical but enormously helpful commentary on Hebrews – best in my judgment”

Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on Hebrews; “Of all the commentaries on Hebrews that I have looked at and used, I have found the two-volume set by William Lane to be the one I turn to first.”

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Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
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Hebrews (NICNT) by F.F. Bruce


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Accolades:

D.A. Carson: “a great deal of useful exegetical information and writes with caution”

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a clear exposition of the letter”

Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on Hebrews; “Originally published in the mid-1960s, this commentary was completely revised and republished in 1990, the year of Professor Bruce’s death. The commentary is thorough yet accessible and should be consulted by all students of this book of Scripture.”

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Hebrews (NIGTC) by Paul Ellingworth


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Accolades:

Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on Hebrews

D.A. Carson: a “best buy” on Hebrews, “impressive.,” strong “in analyzing the subtleties of the Greek text”

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “technical details supplied, but it is hard to see the big picture”

Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on Hebrews; “Paul Ellingworth’s commentary on Hebrews is a massive technical commentary on the Greek text. For those doing in-depth study of the book, it is invaluable.”

Audience:

From the publisher: “At a time when the study of Greek is curtailed in many schools of theology, we hope that the NIGNT will demonstrate the continuing value of studying the Greek New Testament… the volumes of the NIGNT are for students who want something less technical than a full-scale critical commentary… the supreme aim of this series is to serve those who are engaged in the ministry of the Word of God and thus glorify God’s name.”



Hebrews (HERM) by Harold W. Attridge


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Accolades:

D.A. Carson: a “best buy” on Hebrews, “masterful…no serious student of the text can afford to ignore this commentary”

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on Hebrews

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a technical and very helpful exposition of the letter”

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Hebrews (NIVAC) by George Guthrie


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Accolades:

D.A. Carson: “above average for the series”

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on Hebrews

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “lucid exposition with application to today’s world”

Audience:

Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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Perseverance in Gratitude: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews by David A. DeSilva


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Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on Hebrews

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a social scientific commentary”

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The Epistle to the Hebrews by Philip Edgcumbe Hughes


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Accolades:

D.A. Carson: a “best buy” on Hebrews, “better than most commentaries at surveying the history of interpretation across the entire span of the church”

Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on Hebrews; “If there is a second “must-read” commentary on Hebrews, it is the contemporary classic by Philip Hughes. He is particularly helpful in drawing out theological implications of the text.”

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Hebrews (Preaching the Word) by R. Kent Hughes


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Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a theologically astute exposition”

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Hebrews – Revelation (EBC) by R. T. France


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Accolades:

Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on Hebrews; “France has done extensive work on the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament, which suits him particularly well as a commentator on Hebrews.”

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Hebrews (NICNT) by Gareth Lee Cockerill


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Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on Hebrews

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Hebrews (PNTC) by Peter T. O’Brien


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Accolades:

D.A. Carson: a “best buy” on Hebrews, “the best commentaries for pastors…superb scholarship is intertwined with the least common gift, common sense”

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Hebrews (UBCS) by Donald A. Hagner


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Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended: “a brief and insightful interpretation for the busy pastor”

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Hebrews (REC) by Richard D. Philips


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Accolades:

World Magazine: 2017 “Series of the Year”

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More Commentaries with Application Help for Pastors



Hebrews (Interpretation) by Thomas G. Long


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More Verse-by-Verse Commentaries



Hebrews (NAC) by David L. Allen


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Audience:

From the publisher: “The New American Commentary is introduced to bridge the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This new series has been designed primarily to enable pastors, teachers, and students to read the Bible with clarity and proclaim it with power.”



Hebrews (TNTC) by Donald Guthrie


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Hebrews (BST) by Raymond Brown


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The “the three distinctives of The Bible Speaks Today series are (1) “BST authors are committed to a serious study of the text in its own integrity,” (2) that “expositors should not be antiquarians, living only in the remote past” but suggest application for living, and (3) “each book is intended to be both readable in style and manageable in size.”



Hebrews (NTL) by Luke Timothy Johnson


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Hebrews (IVPNTC) by Ray Stedman


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