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Study Guide - Study Guide Religion 1005 New Testament Answers 1 The intended readers of Hebrews are Christians either Jewish Christian or

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Study Guide Religion 1005: New Testament Answers: 1. The intended readers of Hebrews are Christians, either Jewish Christian or Christians with a strong interest in sacrificial practices. They’re 2 nd generation Christians. They witnessed signs, wonders, and miracles and received gifts of the Holy Spirit. They are educated and understand arguments employing both Hellenistic rhetoric and allusive reasoning based on Jewish scripture. They endured abuse, persecution, and suffering. They had plundered property but so far it seems there was no bloodshed. They show compassion to those who suffer. But they have become “dull in understanding” and “sluggish”. They are in danger of apostasy, renouncing their faith, or drifting away from the truth. 2. Hebrews says that Jesus Christ is the “perfecter of our faith” (12:2) Jesus was without sin but still needed to be made perfect. Him being the perfecter of our faith conveys the idea of completion, people becoming all that they are meant to be. Obedience through suffering contributes to a process of perfection here on earth but this is a temporal realization of the complete and more glorious salvation that has been accomplished in the heavenly realm. 3. Christ’s sacrifice “superior” in two ways. One, He brings a revelation superior to that of all other prophets. His salvation that he brings is superior to that which Israel attained trough the old covenant, because he can save people completely. The author of Hebrews refers to Jesus as High Priest and identifies him with Melchizedek, a high priest who came centuries before the hereditary order of the Levitical priesthood was established. So “according to the order of Melchizedek” Melchizedek is superior to even Abraham because there is no recordered beginning or end and he represents a superior and eternal priesthood. 4. The author of Hebrews refers to Jesus as High Priest and identifies him with Melchizedek, a high priest who came centuries before the hereditary order of the Levitical priesthood was established. So “according to the order of Melchizedek” Melchizedek is superior to even Abraham because there is no recordered beginning or end and he represents a superior and eternal priesthood. 5. tabernacle - a tent with curtains and screens that could be hung over a wooden framework used by the Israelites as a portable worship space (see Exod. 25-27). The Israelites carried this portable sanctuary with them--along with the ark of the covenant, which was placed behind the curtain to symbolize God's presence with them--and an altar on which sacrifices could be offered. 6. Hebrews closes like a letter but it doesn’t open like one. A letter, in general, is considered a personal nonliterary work that is written to convey some information. Characteristic of letters is an introduction and closing which normally identifies the author and audience and contains some personal interaction. Hebrews has a clear closing that resembles one of a letter, however it has no
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This note was uploaded on 10/10/2010 for the course REL 1005 taught by Professor Burkett during the Spring '09 term at LSU.

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Study Guide - Study Guide Religion 1005 New Testament Answers 1 The intended readers of Hebrews are Christians either Jewish Christian or

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