Jonathan Griffiths has edited an important new paperback called The Perfect Saviour (Nottingham: Inter-Varsity, 2012). Eight biblical scholars have combined to write a chapter each on key themes in Hebrews: Peter O’Brien (The new covenant and its perfect mediator); Jonathan Griffiths (The word of God: perfectly spoken in the Son); Richard B. Gaffin Jr. (The priesthood of Christ: a servant in the sanctuary); David Gooding (The tabernacle: no museum piece); Thomas R, Schreiner (Warning and assurance: run the race to the end); Peter Walker (Access and arrival: metaphors of movement to motivate); David Peterson (Perfection: achieved and expressed); Bruce Winter (Suffering with the Saviour: the reality, the reasons and the reward).
The motivation for this volume is the desire to bridge the gap between the work of evangelical scholars in universities and colleges and the world of the busy preacher and Bible teacher. Specifically, it offers a theological introduction to the Book of Hebrews, by way of a set of expositions of some significant themes and difficult questions. For me it was a delightful opportunity to write a summary of the work I had done on the theme of perfection (Hebrews and Perfection [Cambridge University Press, 1982]) and to interact with some who have engaged with this topic since then.