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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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, 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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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).

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a book of the New Testament
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The lyrics allude to Hebrews 13:2's promise that sometimes when we show kindness to strangers, we may actually be showing kindness to God's angels.
In a revision of his doctoral dissertation at McMaster Divinity College, Dyer examines the frequent pairing of suffering and death in the Epistle to the Hebrews, and uses characteristics of such passages as indications of the social context in which the letter was written and received, and the problem it was intended to address.
The world's earliest alphabet, inscribed on stone slabs at several Egyptian sites, was an early form of Hebrew, a controversial new analysis concludes.
Critique: Jesuit Albert Banhoye is one of the most recognized scholars on the Letter to the Hebrews, and earned his doctorate in biblical studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome.
Mark Nanos: Nanos disagrees with Hays regarding his comments about Paul and his use of Paul as a rhetorical foil in Hebrews. Nanos believes the author of Hebrews wrote to a Jewish group that cannot receive the benefits of sacrifice as they might wish.
Schenck frames the narrative plot of Hebrews as one that centers on the divine intention to bring humanity to its destined glory through the atoning death of Christ.
The first book, Genesis, introduces the concept of monotheism and traces the lives of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob' patriarchs of the Hebrew nation.
Hebrew Studies is a publication of the National Association of Professors of Hebrews.
The Black Hebrews, a sect whose full name is "The Original African Hebrew Israelite Nation of Jerusalem," have two centers of activity: Chicago and Dimona.
Johannes Nissen and Sigfried Pederson (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1999), 172-93; Pheme Perkins, " The Destruction of Jerusalem and Christian Anti-Judaism," Biblical Interpretation 8 (2000): 194-204; Tim Perry, "The Historical Jesus, Anti-Judaism, and the Christology of Hebrews: A Theological Reflection," Didaskalia 10 (Spring 1999): 69-78; Rosemary Radford Ruether, Faith and Fratricide: The Theological Roots of AntiSemitism New York: Seabury Press, 1974.
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.
And if they seemed indecent to both Jerome and Symmachus and they could not bear to give it its proper name in Latin, how can they believe and be persuaded that the Holy Spirit would give it its proper name in Hebrew? 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?