The Son‘s Supremacy

A Guide to Hebrews

Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy
336 Pages
Reviewed on 04/19/2023
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Reviewed by Joseph Bulimo for Readers' Favorite

The Son's Supremacy: A Guide to Hebrews is a non-fiction religion and philosophy book written by Michael Whitworth. Hebrews is the 19th book of the New Testament. As discussed in this book, it's arguably the most perplexing book in the New Testament. The author writes in the form of methodological argumentation, reflecting on both aspects of the Old Testament passages alongside Levitical sacrifices. The story is based on a character named Judah. As he patrols through the quiet streets of Antioch, he searches for the tomb of his only child, who died of a mysterious illness. What Judah questions is if there's any difference between being a Christian and being a Jew. Read through the pages as we explore this beautifully written non-fiction Christian book and discover the knowledge that it holds.

I like the insight that Michael Whitworth provides. The letter to the Hebrews is considerably more mysterious compared to other epistles in the New Testament. As outlined in this book, there are no definitive conclusions about its authorship, the period in which it was written, etc. There's a section of this book called 'HEBREWS Q&A' that I find exceptionally appealing. Here, the author offers several conclusions regarding whatever information was left out. While nowadays it seems different, Judaism was a permissible religion compared to Christianity, especially when Hebrews was written. This book acts as a guide to gaining an in-depth understanding of the Book of Hebrews. The knowledge shared is extremely profound, and I'd highly recommend it.

Delene Vrey

The Son’s Supremacy: A Guide to Hebrews by Michael Whitworth is a passage-by-passage guide to the book of Hebrews in the New Testament in the Bible. This guide differs from other commentaries in two ways. First, Whitworth sets the scene with an entirely fictional character, Judah, whom he uses to describe what things would have been like when it is believed to have been written. Secondly, the Old Testament passages he refers to explain how integral they are in understanding Jesus. These references and his reasoning are essential in grasping and understanding the guide's central theme, the supremacy of Christ, and that the book of Hebrews affirms the authenticity and authority of the Old Testament.

The Son’s Supremacy treats each passage and its theme in detail concerning relevant Old Testament text and the context of Hebrews in the New Testament. Each section is thoroughly discussed and is easy to read and internalize. At the end of each section, a summary gives the most critical facts garnered from the chosen passage. Michael Whitworth has included a section called Talking Points. It discusses matters from Hebrews that are relevant in our lives today but also so fundamental to what Christ did for us on the cross and how it underscores the supremacy of Christ Jesus, the Son of God. We are shown the importance of theology, knowing God, and how this knowledge will teach us to hunger for more to know God’s will for our lives today. The sermon of Hebrews is relevant for today’s Christians, and the guide is crammed full of information and explanations of Old Testament text and history that a short review cannot do justice. It will change your life but remember to start with the introduction.

Asher Syed

The Book of Hebrews in the New Testament is a distinctly formatted letter that emphasizes the supremacy of Jesus Christ as the high priest and the perfect sacrifice for sins. It is also considered by most to be among the most challenging book in the Bible, which is why The Son's Supremacy: A Guide to Hebrews by Michael Whitworth is uniquely important in a devotional genre that can often feel oversaturated. Whitworth stands out due to not only the book he chooses to make accessible but by the fact that he accomplishes this accessibility to someone like me, who has never even read the text before reading his book. Broken down into ten sections, Whitworth offers analysis, context, cultural impact, and what it all actually means.

In the interest of full disclosure, I am not a Christian. I understand to some this might disqualify me from being the ideal reader, but from a purely practical standpoint, it does make me the perfect reviewer. I went into The Son's Supremacy by Michael Whitworth without any preconceived notions of what this book in the Bible is, free of any opinion and open to what the author had to share. The book does read in the style of a textbook and includes a number of resources, thought-provoking questions, and really helpful visual aids to piece it all together. For me, the most interesting analysis is on Hebrews 8:1–7, which is where I felt I got more of a clear breakdown of the new covenant’s superiority and what those promises actually are. Whereas the author of the Book of Hebrews is unknown, I am certain Whitworth will not be. One would think that baseline concepts on the nature of Christ, faith, and salvation would be simple, but they are deeply challenging and Whitworth does a fantastic job in making them accessible—even to a guy like me. Very highly recommended.