Monday, April 28, 2014

And Now For Something Completely Different

Something DifferAuthor: Matthew Leon Martin
Publisher: Hopkins Publishing
Pages: 306 pp.
Genre: Theology

“And Now for Something Completely Different” is a verse-by-verse, in-depth consideration of one of the most important books of the Bible. The book of Hebrews is often under-studied because many Bible readers are unfamiliar with its purpose.

This commentary (written less like a textbook and more like a novel) expands on the narratives and arguments of its original, inspired author in order to walk the reader through the epistle, step-by-step. Thus the book will (1) show the purpose, functions and limitations of the Old Law, (2) explain the greatness of Christianity in contrast to the Israelite Covenant and (3) offer encouragement to Christians who may be (as the original readers were) considering abandoning Christ for an "easier" (temporary) life.

Unlike many other books devoted to the study of this great letter, this commentary avoids relying on cross-referencing other writers and their works. Instead, it keeps the focus on the 303 verses that comprise the epistle, with only occasional references made to related passages of Scripture.

My Thoughts: 

This was an amazing book that offered a verse by verse breakdown and commentary of the book of Hebrews. What I really enjoyed was the accessibility of information, although I would have liked the inclusion of a Bibliography since the author does use several commentaries/opinions from others. I felt the author did a wonderful job taking deep theological information and conveying it in a way the average layperson could understand and benefit from. 

The book proved to be a very helpful tool when engaging in my bible study with my children to help really breakdown each verse so they could understand it as well and by inputting other commentaries it gave us several other points of reference to dig into as well. This book is easy to recommend and will broaden the understanding of the bible for anyone who takes the time to seek Gods truth.I found this commentary to be Biblical accurate presenting God’s message to His people. 

About the Author

Matthew Martin is a 2005 graduate of the Memphis School of Preaching. He began preaching soon after becoming a Christian and after graduating High School, enrolled in MSOP. After graduation he served as the Associate Evangelist for the Forest Hill church of Christ (home of the Memphis School of Preaching) for three years before returning to Arkansas. He preached four years for the Higden church of Christ and now serves as the preacher for the brethren in Guy, Arkansas. He maintains a YouTube page featuring sermons, classes and online studies of various topics and books the Bible. Matthew has authored numerous tracts on a variety of Bible issues and founded and co-organize the Central Arkansas Gospel Crusade, which is a large area-wide Gospel Meeting designed to reach the lost in the Natural State.

***Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free from book crash in exchange for my review. I was under no compulsion to present only positive aspects of the work.

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