Category: A group of biblical books that have a similar literary genre or main themes and have been placed together as a major section of the Bible.
Epistle: Letters that were commissioned from the original circle of Jesus’ apostles and sent to various Jesus communities around the ancient world.
Literary Style: A unique style of writing that follows recognized literary conventions and language patterns.
Prose Discourse: A speech that makes persuasive claims through a logical sequence of thought and clear patterns of rhetoric.
Letter: An ancient Jewish-Roman style letter, written to an individual or community, that seeks to persuade the readers to live consistently with the truths they have already embraced.
The author shows how Jesus is the ultimate revelation of God's love and mercy and is worthy of our devotion.
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Hebrews, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the book of Hebrews, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
The book of Hebrews compares and contrasts Jesus to key historical people and events from the Old Testament. Through these comparisons, we see His superiority. He is greater than angels, the Torah, Moses, the Promised Land, priests, Melchizedek, sacrifices, and the covenant. He is God's Word, the hope for a new creation, our eternal priest, and the perfect sacrifice.
Throughout the book, we are also challenged to remain faithful to Jesus and follow great models of faith from the Old Testament despite hardships and persecution. These challenges will make us uncomfortable but instead of fearing them, remember that rejecting Jesus is foolish.
Jesus is the ultimate revelation of God's love and mercy and is worthy of all our trust and devotion.
Jesus is superior to angels who delivered the Torah, God's Word, to the Israelites, and all other messengers. We should pay attention to His message.
Jesus leads His people like Moses led the Israelites. Do not rebel and lose out on God's gracious offer to enter into a new creation.
Morally flawless, Jesus is the ultimate priest and mediator between humans and God. Instead of rejecting Him, accept Him and be fully reconciled with God.
Jesus' death on the cross was a permanent sacrifice and fulfilled the covenant. He died once for all, so accept His gracious offer of forgiveness.
The book of Hebrews ends with a challenge to faithfully trust Jesus and follow great Old Testament models of faith despite life's hardships and persecution.