The Book of Hebrews helps us see the connection between God’s grace in our lives and the call to invest ourselves in God’s mission in the world. In doing so, we express gratitude for the salvation we have received and respond to God’s grace by being faithful to the One who delivers us.
In Hebrews: Grace and Gratitude, author and New Testament scholar David deSilva takes you through a study of Hebrews, tracing the themes of grace and gratitude through this unique New Testament book. In the Book of Hebrews, you will discover a bold perspective on who Jesus is and what he has done, as well as a powerful reflection on the meaning and significance of his death and resurrection in light of the Old Testament. As you read and study this letter, you will receive a deeper appreciation for the salvation we have received through Christ and hear afresh God’s call to a life of gratitude and faithfulness.
Additional components for a six-week study include a DVD featuring David deSilva and a comprehensive Leader Guide.
“Tucked away in the New Testament is a sermon-letter filled with theological potency and practical realities. Too often this book is neglected by a church that needs it most. David deSilva's rich exposition of this letter keeps its practical value in front of the reader on every page.” Scot McKnight, Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary
“A seasoned scholar of this most difficult yet most inspiring letter presents an intensively thoughtful and reflective guide through its complexities. This book is a praying community’s way to understand and appreciate Hebrews.” Carolyn Osiek, Professor of New Testament emerita, Brite Divinity School
"Nobody knows Hebrews better than David deSilva. His complete mastery of this ancient masterpiece, together with his deep immersion in the realities Hebrews addresses, makes his work the ideal medium through which present-day Christians can draw from the profound riches of its witness." Luke Timothy Johnson, Robert W. Woodruff Professor Emeritus, Emory University
"As we have come to expect from Prof. deSilva, this project provides a carefully written, thoughtfully examined and graciously interpreted study of the book of Hebrews. Readers who seek to become more faithful disciples of Jesus through a study of Scripture will find no better guide." Emerson B. Powery, Professor of Biblical Studies, Messiah College
“Hebrews, as David deSilva rightly reminds us, is a very eloquent, Scripture-rich sermon. Not a letter, not a Gospel, not an Acts, not an apocalypse, but a sermon—one meant to ward off defections due to attempts at shaming the converts being addressed. This helpful study places us all in the original setting of the letter and lets us hear once more the real force and fervor, the real thrust and theology of the original sermon. This is an ideal study for those looking to understand this too often neglected NT document better. Highly recommended.” Ben Witherington, III, Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary
"In this work, brilliant New Testament scholar David deSilva opens up the book of Hebrews in an expert and readable manner. This is an excellent resource to get the basic background and message of the book and its constituent argument and passages." Craig S. Keener, F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary
"The Letter to the Hebrews is a rich and powerful work, but it can also be quite difficult for modern readers to understand. In this study, David deSilva walks us through Hebrews with both scholarly expertise and pastoral sensitivity. The result is a powerful engagement with Hebrews that will draw readers into the Scriptures and closer to God. Highly recommended!" David F. Watson, Academic Dean, United Theological Seminary
“David deSilva is a brilliant New Testament scholar who writes in service to the church. In his commentary on Hebrews, he connects the radical gift of our great high priest, Jesus Christ, with the gracious response of a life offered in response to God’s giving. This reflection on scripture will ground disciples in the daily call to become more like Jesus.” Kenneth H. Carter, Bishop, Florida Conference, The United Methodist Church
Dr. David deSilva
Dr. David A. deSilva, an elder in the Florida Annual Conference, attended Princeton University, Princeton Theological Seminary and earned his Ph.D. in Religion at Emory University. He currently serves as Trustees' Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary. He has written over twenty books, including Unholy Allegiances: Heeding Revelation's Warning, The Jewish Teachers of Jesus, James, and Jude, An Introduction to the New Testament, and Introducing the Apocrypha. He also served as Apocrypha Editor for the Common English Bible and has published extensively in journals, reference works, and adult Bible curriculum.