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NT Lesson #37 – Hebrews

Posted by cherylem on October 21, 2007

Hebrews is one of the several neglected books in what I think is the generally neglected New Testament, to our very VERY great loss.

Joseph Smith loved Hebrews and the book influenced his thinking significantly.

Yet we don’t know who wrote Hebrews or its originating purpose. It is not written in the normal form of a letter. We DO know that the language is astoundingly beautiful. Hebrews presents a high Christology, and one of its great themes is that the veil is the body of Christ (that is, Christ, as our Great High Priest, presented his own body as the true veil) and our goal is to penetrate that veil.

Hebrews is also the book that tells us we need to be eating spiritual meat, not milk.

Hebrews, which uses Psalm 110 is its key Old Testament text, is filled with temple language, and was “almost certainly” written before the temple’s destruction.

This is yet another example of how the KJV holds us back because its archaic English makes the text indecipherable to us – as in several past lessons, my notes are simply sections of the book, in three different translations, with questions after. Today I will yet again have my class read the scriptural sections silently and then have them discuss what they have read.

And, in the interest of full disclosure and intellectual honesty, I’ll just say that the thought questions asked in these lesson notes originated with Mack Stirling during an Institute class held in 1996.

Attached are my lesson notes for Hebrews: NT Lesson #37 –¬†Hebrews

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