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THE BOOK OF HEBREWS by P Townsend The author of the Book of Hebrews is one that is unknown although some believe it is another work of Paul since it closely resembles his work It is believed that the Book of Hebrews was written around AD 65 but there is no proof of its use until AD 95 when I Clement used it Hebrews was written to people who faced decisions about their future that could change their lives forever It talks about the decisions one faces when they have to decide on whether to take a risk or stick with the familiar In the case of the people of that time they were faced with the decision of if they should change over to Christianity or stick with the Jewish religion The Book of Hebrews was designed to push those swaying both ways to a decisive commitment The author urges his readers to experience God in a new and different way That way is through Jesus Hebrews focuses on comparing the Jewish religion to that of Christianity by citing passages from the Old Testament more than eighty times Hebrews seems to be a commentary on the Old Testament It takes many of the Jewish customs examines them and shows how Jesus replaced many of those laws with a better testament The new covenant is based on the blood of Christ It shows the readers the importance of sympathy mutual love the healthy and moral use of sex within marriage hospitality how to avoid false teachings the acceptance of persecution generosity prayer and thanksgiving The Book of Hebrews portrays Jesus Christ as a priest The basic theme of the Book of Hebrews is Jesus Christ is so honorable that he sacrifices himself for sins The fact that his sacrifice was completely sufficient shows his superiority
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