You are a priest forever—in the honored order of Melchizedek. (5:6)
Melchizedek is perhaps the most mysterious figure in Scripture. He appears for the first time in Genesis 14:17-20. But who is Melchizedek? Who is this enigmatic figure stepping out of the shadows only to return again? Is he a man or an angel or something else altogether?
This retelling of the Book of Hebrews is designed to help readers understand how Jesus completes the law and prophets. David Capes has written a compelling comparison of the unusual character from Genesis, Melchizedek, and the Liberator found in the New Testament, Jesus. His story is followed by the complete text of Hebrews retold by Greg Garrett.
About the Writers:
Greg Garrett is the author of the critically-acclaimed novels Free Bird and Cycling, the memoir Crossing Myself, and non-fiction books including The Gospel Reloaded (with Chris Seay), and The Gospel According to Hollywood. He is professor of English at Baylor University and writer in residence at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest.
David Capes is professor of Greek and New Testament at Houston Baptist University. He has written several books, including The Last Eyewitness: the Final Week, Rediscovering Paul, and The Footsteps of Jesus in the Holy Land.
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|Contributor(s)||Greg Garrett , David Capes , Chris Seay|
|About the Contributor(s)||Greg Garrett
Greg Garrett is the author of a dozen books of fiction, memoir, and nonfiction, including books on religion and culture, narrative, and theology. His The Gospel According to Hollywood received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and a “highly recommended” in Library Journal; other recent books include We Get to Carry Each Other, on the religious and political beliefs of the rock band U2, Stories from the Edge, on American cultural narratives of grief and suffering, and Holy Superheroes, on understanding hero myths in American culture. His book The Other Jesus, offers a vision of 21st Century Christianity set free from dogma and angry moralizing. He also contributes to publications including Beliefnet, Patheos, Ethics Daily, Christianity Today, Relevant, and Reform (UK), and has discussed his work on or for National Public Radio, BBC Radio, CBS Radio, the Bob Edwards Show, National Review, USA Today, Christianity Today, msnbc.com, readthespirit.com, and many other print, broadcast, and web media outlets.
Greg is an award-winning Professor of English at Baylor University, where he teaches creative writing, American literature, film, and theology. He is also Writer in Residence at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, a licensed lay preacher in the Episcopal Church, a past Fellow of the Cathedral College of Preachers at Washington National Cathedral, and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. He lives in Austin, Texas.
David Capes is the Thomas Nelson Research Professor at Houston Baptist University. He is a noted Pauline scholar, and he is the senior Bible scholar reviewing The Voice, a Scripture project to rediscover the story of the Bible. He has the author and editor of several books, including The Last Eyewitness: The Final Week, The Voice of Hebrews, Rediscovering Paul, and Thriving in Babylon.
Chris Seay is the pastor of Ecclesia, a progressive Christian community in Houston, Texas, recognized for exploring spiritual questions of culture and breaking new ground in art, music, and film. Chris is the author of The Gospel According to Tony Soprano and The Gospel Reloaded. He lives in Houston with his wife, Lisa, and their four children.
|Publish Date||Feb 5, 2008|
|Who It's For||Men, Women|