June 2018 Literary Offerings

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Description: The Book of Hebrews, written in A.D.62, gives us a definite insight into the outlook of the Christian situation just four years before the outbreak of the Jewish rebellion  As such we can say a lot about what early Christians believed about what was to disappear and what was to remain true and valid after the Destruction of the Second Temple.  And this insight is important!  It is important because it gives us a comprehensive idea of what believers should be doing in the here and now after the fact of the disappearance of the Second Jewish Commonwealth.  In this essay, we will discuss what it means to be a Christian both before and after the end of the Levitical era.  Subjects covered include:

  • Who is Jesus?  Is Jesus a mere angel or a mere man?  
  • God's oath and Jesus' everlasting priesthood. 
  • Things that could be shaken.
  • Things that remain the same.
  • Social norms of the Christian ethos.
  • Authority of the Word of God in the lives of Christians.
  • Authority of elders in local congregations.
  • The city and country that Abraham looked for and the hope of all Bible believers beyond this lifetime.

Atavist Eschatology in Hebrews presents a circumspect overview of the Hebrew epistle and shows how Christians can examine the book in light, not only of its value in an eschatological sense, but for its beneficial, pragmatic and practical sense for believers of all times and places.

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