General Epistles: Books and Issues Covered

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General Epistles The epistles were letters that various of the apostles wrote, generally, to different congregations or to individuals they wished to encourage. All of the Pauline Epistles were either written to a specific church (Ephesians/Ephesus, Galatians/Galatia, etc.) or to an individual such as Timothy or Philemon. However, there were general letters written by individuals that were not originally meant for a specific group of people. These are called the General Epistles since they were written for the edification of the whole of then present and now future Christianity. This paper looks at these books and the issues that were covered in each one. Hebrews The book of Hebrews confuses most scholars because it is more difficult to pin down than the others. It is clear that the book is written to the church as a whole, but the authorship has always been in question. Many give the book to Paul, but others believe that Priscilla or some other close companion of Paul wrote it (Robinson, 2011). Some commenters say that Hebrews is about the "place" of Christ (Guthrie, 2002, 592). They mean by this that the author of the book wanted to establish where Christ was in the hierarchy of the firmament. The writer says "Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds" (Hebrews, 1:2). God has determined where His Son is among the other beings in the world. The book contains explanations of many

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