Book of Hebrews
Book of Hebrews is a text included in the Christian New Testament. It is also referred to as Epistle to the Hebrews, Letter to the Hebrews or simply To the Hebrews. Greek scholars have always considered the language of the text to be more eloquent and polished than any other New Testament book. Ever since the earliest times of Christian history, the canonicity and authorship of the book of hebrews has been widely debated. Various celebrated figures in the history of Christianity, such as Saint Paul the Apostle, Barnabas, Clement of Rome, Luke the Evangelist, Priscilla and Apollos’ name have been suggested at one point of time or the other as the identity of the author. Although it is believed that the author of the Book of Hebrews was a known figure at one point of time and was widely respected by the readers of the epistle, over the years his name has been lost in antiquity and at present there is none whose name can be attributed with confidence to its authorship. As for the date, scholars have proposed that the text of the Epistle to the Hebrews or Book of Hebrews was written sometime around late 63 AD or early 64 AD as it appears that the author has not taken into account the incident of the Siege of Jerusalem in 70 AD which would have otherwise influenced his argument.
To whomever the epistle is addressed, the Book of Hebrews attempts to clear a confusion regarding the true Messianic identity of Jesus. It appeared that at some point of time certain people began to wonder whether Jesus was truly the Messiah they were all waiting for, as it was foretold in the Old Testament that the Messiah is going to be a militant king who will destroy all adversaries of his people. However, Jesus came as an ordinary man who went through intense suffering and died on the crucifix. Even though he went through resurrection, he still ascended and left the earth thereby leaving his people to face the dangers of persecution. The Book of Hebrews resolves this issue by saying that according to the Old Testament, the Messiah was also supposed to be a priest albeit in a somewhat different way than the conventional Levitical priests, and Christ Jesus did fulfill this prophecy. As far as his role as a king was concerned, it was yet to come in the future. So people should hold on to their faith instead of complaining for their suffering at the present moment.
Some scholars today consider the epistle was written for reducing any possibility for apostasy. This might mean Christians moving more into pagan rituals or if the audience is Jewish-Christian, then it could indicate Jewish-Christians deserting Christian assemblies and returning to Jewish synagogue. The text is also believed to support the theory of special creation, which states that everything present in our visible world is created not by forces present in the same world but the creative forces responsible for their existence belong to a divine world order existing in a different realm altogether. Learn more about receiving bible quotes from the Epistle the the Hebrews or Book of Hebrews.