INTRODUCTION TO HEBREWS
Time: A few years before the 70 A.D. destruction of Jerusalem.
Sent to: Hebrews (Jews in Judea and Jerusalem)
Main teaching: Jesus Identity and Our Response to Him
Author: Apostle Paul
Book Key Verses: 11:1
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The letter to the Hebrews was written to the Hebrew who had accepted Jesus as the Messiah. It's purpose was:
1. to strengthen them by showing that Old Testament times, and thus Judaism, had come to an end through the fulfillment the law in Jesus
2. to warn some who had identified themselves as Christians, against falling back into Judaism or pausing short of true faith in Jesus
3. to bring to the attention of Christians everywhere the superiority of Jesus Christ.
This was done by comparing the law in the Old Covenant to the grace in the New Covenant.
By doing this, the letter to the Hebrews shows that the things of grace and the church are far better than the things of the law and the temple.