Wisdom Commentary, by Mary Ann Beavis and HyeRan Kim-Cragg

February 4, 2016


The letter to the Hebrews is earthy, incarnational, homiletical, and deeply philosophical. The same might be said of feminist theology at its best. The Wisdom Commentary series, whose first volumes debuted last year, now brings feminist hermeneutics to Hebrews in a way that will startle, surprise, provoke, and enlighten readers. Exegetical passages attentive to the nuances of the original language and context (e.g., what does it mean that the altar is veiled?) are interspersed with topical essays (e.g., a postcolonial commentary on the debates around Muslim women’s veils). The result is a delightfully complex commentary on Hebrews that will be useful to anyone wishing to connect scripture with contemporary questions of justice.