1. It is the 3rd century AD, and there is no definitive list of documents that can be considered “biblical”.
In recent years new documents have appeared purporting to be the works of the Apostles. And in Jewish circles, a Greek translation of Old Testament documents (the Septuagint) has fallen out of favour. In the Christian church, then, there are various groups using different documents.
Your task is to come up with a list of documents that can be published as a ‘Bible’ for common use. What criteria for selection do you use?
2. Does the Letter to the Hebrews fit your criteria? Why/why not?
3. What is “The Letter to the Hebrews”?
a). Is it treatise/methodical discussion (1:1-4)?
b). Is it a sermon? (2:1-4)?
c). Is it a letter (13:22-25)?
4. Greek scholars consider the letter to be the most polished book of the New Testament. Who wrote it (11:32)? And to whom was it addressed?
a). Was the author Paul?
b). Was the author Barnabas (Acts 4:36-37)?
c). Was the author Apollos (Acts 18:24-28)?
5. What is the letter all about?
a). A new revelation (1:1-4)
b). The superiority of Christ:
(i). Over angels (1:5-9)
(ii) Over Moses (3:1-6)
(iii) Over Aaronic priests (4:14-5:10)
(For Melchizedek see Genesis 14:18-20, Psalm 110:4)
c). The Superior work of Christ, the High Priest (9:11-15)
(i) A superior sanctuary (11)
(ii) A superior sacrifice (12-14)
(iii) A superior covenant (15)
d). Encouragement to persevere in the faith (12:1-3)
e). Exhortations (13:1-25)
6. Does the letter meet the Protestant criteria?
a). Apostolic Origin
b). Universal Acceptance
c). Liturgical Use
d). Consistent Message
7. In your opinion does “The Letter to the Hebrews” have a place in the pages of your Bible?
Posted: 12th May 2016
© 2016, Brian A Curtis