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The Epistle to the Hebrews

Updated on January 17, 2010

Epistle to the Hebrews is a book of the New Testament. Although it is called a letter and has been ascribed to the Apostle Paul, most scholars believe that it is a sermon and that its thought and style suggest some other author. It was written late in the 1st century a.d. The book declares that Christ, as the Son of God, is a more perfect high priest than Moses or the Hebrew priests. Men can approach God directly through Christ's one, permanent sacrifice as they could not through the many, temporary sacrifices of animals made by the Hebrew priests. The book urges Christians to hold fast to their faith, as earlier Biblical heroes did, and to follow the paths of peace, virtue, and brotherly love. The author is encouraging Christians to resist the temptation to slip back into Jewish ways, according to some scholars, or the temptations of the sinful world according to more modern views.

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