James 1-2

It may be that Hebrews and James are situated proximally in the New Testament because of their overlapping themes.  The author to the Hebrews exhorted his listeners that during their crisis they should look to Jesus, their high priest, for persevering aid (cf. 2.17-18; 4.14-16; 9.11-10.18).  James likewise urged his … Continue reading

Hebrews 12-13

The author to the Hebrews wrote with pastoral concern; his epistle was a sermon intended to persuade his listeners to understand their unique and privileged situation in the new covenant—and to endure their present ostracism in Roman society.  Never does Hebrews run off course, every word arranged so as to … Continue reading

Hebrews 11

The author to the Hebrews argued that in their time of crisis, his audience should look to Jesus—their high priest—for persevering aid.  No longer protected beneath the favored status of the synagogue, these believers lived each day under the threat of Roman persecution.  Just when they were tempted to let … Continue reading

Hebrews 8-10

In Hebrews 5-7 the author set forth several ideas confirming the superiority of Christ’s high priesthood—and the implications this had for his readers.  They could be assured that the perfection of their Priest offered them the unique benefit of unfettered access to God.  In Hebrews 8-10 he expanded his sphere … Continue reading

Hebrews 5-7

By setting forth the superiority of Jesus’ high priesthood, the author of Hebrews sought to prove his thesis that during times of testing believers should look to Jesus for aid.  The flow of thought in Hebrews 5-7 would not be valid if both the author and the audience had not … Continue reading

Hebrews 2.5-4.16

It may be that Heb 2.5-4.16 is the author’s attempt to accomplish what ancient writers and speakers set out to do in the narratio of their discourse.  There they outlined the facts that related to their argument—informing readers of the circumstances of the situation and generally catching the audience up … Continue reading

Hebrews 1.1-2.4

The Epistle to the Hebrews is one of the more unique letters of the New Testament.  Beyond the fact that he knew Timothy (13.23), the author and the specific situation of the audience remain unknown.  Further, the ornate style of Greek is beyond any other epistle in the New Testament. … Continue reading