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an anonymous New Testament homily with closing greetings normally associated with the letter genre, written before c.A.D. 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 AaronAaron
, in the Bible, the brother of Moses and his spokesman in Egypt, and the first high priest of the Hebrews. He is presented as the instrument of God in performing many signs, such as the turning of his rod into a serpent and causing the rod to bud, blossom, and bear almonds.
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. 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).


For history, see JewsJews
[from Judah], traditionally, descendants of Judah, the fourth son of Jacob, whose tribe, with that of his half-brother Benjamin, made up the kingdom of Judah; historically, members of the worldwide community of adherents to Judaism.
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; for religion, see JudaismJudaism
, the religious beliefs and practices and the way of life of the Jews. The term itself was first used by Hellenized Jews to describe their religious practice, but it is of predominantly modern usage; it is not used in the Bible or in Rabbinic literature and only rarely
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a book of the New Testament
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He begins with a survey and critique of previous studies on suffering and death in Hebrews, and a history of research on the situation addressed in Hebrews.
The Letter to the Hebrews: A New Commentary" is the admirable result of years of research, experience and expertise, making it an invaluable and highly recommended addition to personal, church, community, and academic library New Testament Studies reference collections in general, and Letter to the Hebrews supplemental studies reading lists in particular.
Nanos believes the author of Hebrews wrote to a Jewish group that cannot receive the benefits of sacrifice as they might wish.
While he can and does marshal supporting exegetical evidence, his claim can be sharply challenged by other passages in Hebrews that evince a far more positive appraisal of the created realm, in particular Hebrews' frequent avowals of Christ's solidarity with the created human condition (Heb 2:14, 18; 4:14-15).
Reviews of what we might term pre-biblical and general biblical topics precede those on specific books of the Hebrew Bible (which fittingly follow the order of the Hebrew Bible rather than the Old Testament).
Based on years of research and personal interest, the novel carefully reconstructs Egyptian palace life, the work of the Hebrews and their position in Egypt, and both groups' religious practices and beliefs.
Is it less shameful or less dangerous or less indecent to name it in Hebrew to the Hebrews rather than in Latin to the Latins or in Greek to the Greeks?
The Dawn of Hebrew Linguistics: The Book of Elegance of the Language of the Hebrews [by SAADIA GAON].
In The Prince of Egypt, the story of Yahweh sending Moses to set the Hebrews free of their Egyptian taskmasters forms the backdrop of a more personal, psychological tale about two brothers who grow up to be deadly foes.
The title "Hebrew" Bible helps the students differentiate between the ancient Hebrews or Israelites and modern Jews and to understand that not all of Jewish worship and observance is scripturally based.
Biblical scholars place Paul's Epistle to the Hebrews in Jewish contexts, Greco-Roman and empire-critical contexts, spatial contexts, and reception-historical and hermeneutical contexts.