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Review: “I Wish Someone Would Explain Hebrews To Me!”

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I Wish Someone Would Explain Hebrews To Me!

Stuart Olyott

Banner of Truth, 2010, 208pp., paperback, £7.50

ISBN 9781848710603

Despite a title that begs a sarcastic response about the appropriateness of a whole book devoted to Mr Olyott’s shortcomings as a theologue, this volume makes the stirring claim that without a proper appreciation of Hebrews, Christians will misunderstand the Old Testament and fail to grasp the past, present and future work of the Lord Jesus. One could not ask for many better guides than Mr Olyott to address such failings: this volume is the condensed product of forty years gathering the fruit of the Letter to the Hebrews. Direct, simple, pastoral, and pungent, there is little waste or unnecessary complexity here: more difficult passages are made to yield up straightforward principles (“Olyott’s Razor”?) without pretending that there are not deep truths to ponder. The whole is profoundly Christ-centred, as it must be if faithfully expounding this book. The author himself attests that he intends this not as a “last word” but as a “first word” on Hebrews, a brief but not shallow guide through the letter that should satisfy our early cravings, but hopefully stir up a deeper and stronger appetite.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Saturday 12 March 2011 at 08:52

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  1. Could hardly have thought of a clunkier title if they’d tried … but an excellent wee book for all that!


    Tuesday 15 March 2011 at 00:49

    • Just got my Banner magazine, and noted that they have used this review in it, graciously rewording my opening sentence – or, rather, cutting out the first part of it. Ah, well, could have been worse – at least they kept in all the stuff about what a good book it is!

      Jeremy Walker

      Wednesday 16 March 2011 at 16:53

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