Shelf Life Book Review: Letters to the Church

Stephen M. Vantassel

Letters to the Church: A Survey of Hebrews and the General Epistles
Zondervan, 2011

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Hebrews and the General Epistles (James, 1–2 Peter, Jude and 1–3 John) are considered letters written for the Church universal, since they weren’t addressed to a specific church. In this book, Karen Jobes summarizes the content of each letter, and then reviews disputes surrounding authorship, genre, date and audience.

Like a college textbook, each chapter in Letters to the Church opens with “knowledge objectives” and closes with a list of key terms, review questions and suggested additional resources. Jobes explores themes in each letter, from the Christology (Christianity’s claims regarding Christ) and Soteriology (theology of salvation through Christ) of Hebrews to the ethics of James. Words throughout the book are defined in the glossary. Tables compare literary devices and list passages on specific topics; maps, artifacts and biblical scenes accompany each chapter. Christian iconography and Renaissance paintings show how Christians throughout the centuries reflected on biblical concepts.

Article courtesy of Bible Study Magazine published by Faithlife Corporation. Originally published in print, Vol. 4 No. 4