Historically, Hebrews is thought of as a letter from Paul and is grouped with his other letters in the New Testament. However, this assumption has been questioned from as early as the third century. Equally mysterious is the identity of the audience of this document. It is clear that Hebrews does not follow the form of an early Christian letter; the author calls it a “word of exhortation”. To our ear, it sounds like a homily (or a collection of homilies).
Nevertheless, Hebrews contains a rich message regarding the significance of Christs’ life and death. The way in which the claims of this writing are expressed is not necessarily familiar to twenty-first century ears so some study and discernment is required to “mine the gold”. This study aims to help the learner reflect on each of these distinctive claims, to understand the context in which they were originally presented, and to reflect on the application of their understanding to a Christian life today.
Week 1: Jesus, the Exalted and Incarnate Son
Week 2: Moses, Wandering Israel and the Promised Rest
Week 3: Jesus, the High Priest, and a Word of Warning
Week 4: A Priest “in the order of Melchizedek”
Week 5: Yom Kippur and a New Covenant
Week 6: The New and Living Way of Christ’s Fidelity
Week 7: Men and Women of Faith
Week 8: Approaching the Heavenly Zion with Hope and Love