by Cliff Kvidahl, B.A.
The letter to the Hebrews is perhaps the most enigmatic and majestic document in the New Testament. Almost everything we know concerning this letter is shrouded in uncertainty. The author is unknown, the addressees unclear, and the date and place of its composition uncertain. Further, it displays an elevated style far superior than any other New Testament writing, save Luke/Acts. The theology of Hebrews is likewise unique in the New Testament, though not new. It relies heavily on Old Testament themes such as cultic sacrifices, the priesthood, the tabernacle, the wilderness wanderings, etc. in its narrative and theological discourse… [more]
by Timothy Decker, M.A.
The book of Hebrews is a self-proclaimed “word of exhortation” making it more of a sermon than an epistle (13:22; cf. Acts 13:15). In all likelihood, the author manuscripted a sermon to these Jewishreaders/hearers who were tempted to fall away and give up. That is the first clue to search for rhetorical and literary features in this book. The author’s proposition was simple and straightforward–Jesus is worth it! One of his main points in the sermon is to compare and contrast Jesus to one of the greatest heroes of the Jews. Moses of the Exodus, the primary writer of the Torah and the great deliverer and mediator for Israel, was highly esteemed in the minds of the Jews. Yet despite the greatness of Moses, Jesus was deemed more worthy… [more]