Hebrews : A Thoroughly Rich And Encouraging Sermon

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The book of Hebrews is a thoroughly rich and encouraging sermon/letter that stands out among the epistles because of its profoundness. Regardless of its unknown author and unidentified recipients, the book contains so much affluent theology that its authenticity should not be questioned. Beginning differently than other letters, Hebrews starts off like a sermon instead of with the usual salutations. Because of many connections with Rome, many intellectuals believe the destination of Hebrews was Rome. Scholars have many ideas as to the author; the early church attributed it to Paul because they desired to canonize it and it contained many similarities to his other letters. However, after further examination of the text is done, it is clear that Hebrews is not Pauline. A couple of the most likely candidates for authorship are Barnabas and Apollos. Both these men were closely connected to Rome, very learned individuals, and in close association with the Pauline mission. Nevertheless, Hebrews’ authorship quickly becomes irrelevant after the studying of its text. It presents the supremacy of Christ, how He fulfills the Old Testament prophecies, and how He is the midpoint of the relationship between man and God.
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The author immediately starts off the book by stating the superiority of Jesus and his presence at the time of creation (1:2). He also identifies the communication that once happened between God and the prophets is now happening through the Son. In a very short…

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