Epistle to the Hebrews

Hebrews (book of the New Testament)

Hebrews, an anonymous New Testament homily with closing greetings normally associated with the letter genre, written before c.AD 96. It is addressed to Jewish Christians who were being pressured to renounce their confidence in Jesus. The first part is an argument that Christ is superior to the angels and to Moses; it closes with an exhortation to faith in the form of a commentary on a passage from Psalm 95. Jesus' priesthood is of the eternal order of Melchizedek, which replaces the levitical priesthood of Aaron. His sacrifice of himself is superior to and supersedes the incessant round of sacrifices offered by the levitical priests because it effects expiation of sins and the cleansing of the conscience once and for all. Chapter 11 celebrates the heroes of the faith, leading into a concluding exhortation to endurance and godly living.

See studies by F. F. Bruce (rev. ed. 1988) and W. L. Lane (1991).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2018, The Columbia University Press.

Epistle to the Hebrews: Selected full-text books and articles

The Epistle to the Hebrews By Gareth Lee Cockerill William B. Eerdmans, 2012
The Epistle to the Hebrews By William Manson Hodder and Stoughton, 1966
A Theology of the New Testament By George Eldon Ladd; Donald A. Hagner Eerdmans, 1993 (Revised edition)
Librarian's tip: Chap. 40 "Hebrews"
The History and Theology of the New Testament Writings By Udo Schnelle; M. Eugene Boring Fortress Press, 1998
Jesus the Priest. (Living by the Word) By Craddock, Fred The Christian Century, Vol. 120, No. 6, March 22, 2003
Finding a Home for the Letter to the Hebrews By Goswell, Gregory Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Vol. 59, No. 4, December 1, 2016
Embracing the "Other" as an Extension of the Self: Muslim Reflections on the Epistle to the Hebrews 13:2 By Omar, A. Rashied Anglican Theological Review, Vol. 91, No. 3, Summer 2009
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The Use of Perfection Language in Hebrews 5:14 and 6:1 and the Contextual Interpretation of 5:11-6:3 By Hill, Craig Allen Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Vol. 57, No. 4, December 2014
Brotherly Love and the High Priest Christology of Hebrews By Gray, Patrick Journal of Biblical Literature, Vol. 122, No. 2, Summer 2003
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