The Epistle to the Hebrews
, NIGTC, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1993.
In a revision of his doctoral dissertation at McMaster Divinity College, Dyer examines the frequent pairing of suffering and death in the Epistle to the Hebrews
, and uses characteristics of such passages as indications of the social context in which the letter was written and received, and the problem it was intended to address.
As regards the cult of sacrifices, the sources available to us clearly indicate that this was the main element of the priesthood of the Old Testament; the Epistle to the Hebrews
means that Jesus also noticed this, yet in a different and much better manner than the high priests of the ancient times.
He thinks The Epistle to the Hebrews
is a product of preaching that conforms to the rules of Semitic rhetoric, including various genres of parallelism, synonymism, and antithesis and complementarity, all case in a concentrically symmetrical schema.
Writers of the Gospel According to John and the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews
in the New Testament expressed their beliefs that, as the Christ, Jesus is God, not only the Son of God, but God.
Selections from the Epistle to the Hebrews
provide the second lesson for the remaining Sundays after Pentecost, until Christ the King.
Wood also never forgets, as Wittreich did, that Paul's Epistle to the Hebrews
identified Samson as a hero of faith, and that is what he must remain.
That's a quotation from the Epistle to the Hebrews
, which links his own life and work with the Master.
The conventional response to this feature has been either to allegorize the institutions and activities of the cult, following the example of the New Testament Epistle to the Hebrews
, or to regard the "ceremonial" (or "ritual") law as separate and distinct from the "moral" law of the Ten Commandments.
Admitting the realities of blind chance and wish-fulfillment, Buechner moves toward another explanation by quoting the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews
on faith, "the conviction of things not seen.
Appealing to the fact that Jesus was never called "priest" by his contemporaries, Wills rejects the very idea of priesthood--thus denying not only the teaching of the Epistle to the Hebrews
but with it the whole idea of doctrinal development and tradition, both central to Catholicism.
Lazarus's choice of the title "An Epistle to the Hebrews
," under which many of her late essays were gathered, reveals her enduring preoccupation with Jewish Otherness.
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares,' advises the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews
Catholic Epistles are therefore universal, serious and weighty; such are the twelve that we have commented on and such is the Epistle to the Hebrews
which, with Christ's help, we shall elucidate after this one.
i) From his books on the Epistle to the Hebrews
, in what way (quomodo) the Son is said to be consubstantial with the Father -- that is, of one nature with the Father, but of a different kind from the rest of the creation.