Letter to the Hebrews (book of the Bible)

Letter to the Hebrews . It is the epistle addressed to Hebrew believers whose author is not yet known who he is, and to whom it was specifically addressed is unknown. Although it doesn’t start like a letter if it ends like her.

Summary

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  • 1 Literary Genre
  • 2 Historical authenticity
  • 3 Structure
  • 4 Sketch
  • 5 Purpose
  • 6 Summary
  • 7 External Links
  • 8 Sources

Literary genre

Epistle : poetic composition in the form of a letter and whose main purpose is to expose didactic or moralizing ideas.

Historical authenticity

This letter was written between the 60s and 70s AD It is clearly known that it was addressed to or from Italy . It is not known who were the Hebrews to whom this letter is addressed. Most Bible scholars believe that they were Aramaic-speaking Jewish Christians who met in one house and that there was therefore no connection to a large congregation. Unlike Paul, who began all his letters by giving his own name, the author of Hebrews did not record his name anywhere in the letter.

Structure

The letter to the Hebrews is the nineteenth book of the New Testament , it has thirteen chapters and 303 verses in all. The style is the most literary in the New Testament , it is poetic and full of quotes from the Septuagint. It has a large vocabulary and uses the Greek language very precisely in verb tenses and other details. Although very Judaic in certain respects, the warnings against slipping from the reality of Christ’s death into a mere religious ritual have been compared to Leviticus , it is always a necessity to Christendom.

Sketch

  • The excellence of Christ (1: 1-7: 28)
  • Christ is superior to angels (1: 1-4)
  • A call to pay attention (1: 5-14)
  • Christ the perfect man (2: 5-18)
  • Christ is superior to Moses (3: 1-6)
  • The rest that Christ promises (3: 7-4: 11)
  • Christ the great High Priest (4: 12-5: 10)
  • A warning against falling away (5: 11-6: 20)
  • Christ’s priesthood is superior to the Melchizeded priesthood (7: 1-28)
  • A new and better covenant (8: 1-10: 18)
  • The new covenant (8: 1-13)
  • The new sanctuary and the blood of Christ (9: 1-28)
  • Christ’s sacrifice once and for all (10: 1-18)
  • The life of faith (10: 19-13: 25)
  • Description of the life of faith (10: 19-25)
  • The fate of those who stray (10: 26-39)
  • Men of faith (11: 1-40)
  • Christ is our example (12: 1-3)
  • Discipline (12: 4-13)
  • Christian life under the new covenant (12: 14-29)
  • The daily life of the Christian (13: 1-17)
  • Conclusion (13: 18-25)

Purpose

These Christians, no matter what they were, had begun to face various temptations, and the author writes to exhort them not to fall for them. These Hebrews were becoming lazy (Hebrews 6:12). They had begun to lose heart and feel tired until they fainted (Hebrews 12: 3). Their initial enthusiasm and zeal began to cool, they had not matured in their faith, some had stopped gathering, they had opposed their own Christian leaders, many of them were about to abandon their faith completely (Hebrews 3:12; 10 : 26). A measures meditate on the spiritual condition of these Hebrews can say that believers today have become like them once, then this letter was also written to believers today in day. Therefore this letter has four fundamental purposes.

  1. It is written to remind these Christians that salvation and eternal life come only through Christ .
  2. It is written to remind you of the immeasurable blessings that are available to Christ through faith.
  3. It is written to tell them that to reach heaven believers must expect that they will suffer as Christ suffered.
  4. It is written to warn these Hebrew Christians that they turn away from their faith in Christ , the fearful judgment of God will fall on them.

Summary

The Hebrew Christians were about to fall into a very great temptation. They were about to abandon their new faith to return to the old Jewish religion and this letter would change the course in which they were marching.

 

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