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Questions tagged [hebrews]

The letter to the Hebrews (NOT the Hebrew language or members of the Hebrew religion).

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Are we to throw away /discard the elementary teachings of Christ?

We read in Hebrews 6:1: “Therefore let us abandon (or leave behind)(Gk. aphentes) the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to more maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead ...
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History: In Hebrews 12:23 what does it mean that the firstborn (plural) are “enrolled”?

[Heb 12:23 ESV] (23) and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, [Heb 12:23 MGNT] (23) καὶ ...
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In Hebrews 12:23 who are “the gathering of the firstborn [plural]”?

[Heb 12:18, 22-24 CSB] (18) For you have not come to what could be touched, to a blazing fire, to darkness, gloom, and storm, ... (22) Instead, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living ...
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In Hebrews 12:18 what does the author mean by “for you have not come to what could be touched”?

At Mount Sinai the Jews were forbidden to so much as touch the mountain: [Exo 19:12-13, 21-24 ESV] (12) And you shall set limits for the people all around, saying, 'Take care not to go up into the ...
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In Hebrews 1:3 is “by himself” original?

I came across an interesting NT textual criticism site that argues that the words "by himself" are original, despite being omitted in modern English Bibles: Heb. 1:3 In Hebrews 1:3, most modern ...
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If we “died to the law” & “disannulling of the commandment” took place the why is Paul quoting “ Deuteronomy 17:7 ” in “1 Corinthians 5:13”?

If we are become dead to the law as said in Romans 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is ...
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In Hebrews 10:5 what does “a body you have prepared for me” mean?

[Heb 10:5 RSV] (5) Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, "Sacrifices and offerings thou hast not desired, but a body hast thou prepared for me; [Heb 10:5 MGNT] (5) διὸ ...
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In Hebrews 1:4 what does it mean that Jesus “inherits” a more excellent name?

[Heb 1:4 DBY] (4) taking a place by so much better than the angels, as he inherits a name more excellent than they. 1:4 τοσούτῳ κρείττων γενόμενος τῶν ἀγγέλων ὅσῳ διαφορώτερον παρ᾽ αὐτοὺς ...
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In Philippians 2:9-11 does YHVH surrender his name to the Messiah?

As far back as Exodus, God told the Jews not to give YHVH's angel/agent a hard time because "my name is in him": [Exo 23:21 KJV] (21) Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will ...
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What is the meaning of Hebrews 13:10?

What is the meaning of Hebrews 13:10? Hebrews 13:10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tent have no right to eat. Who are the We ? Which is the altar ? Who are those who serve? ...
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In Hebrews 9:28 what does it mean Christ comes “to save”?

[Heb 9:26-28 ESV] (26) for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the ...
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In Hebrew 9:8 what does the author refer to when he speaks of the “outer court”?

Hebrews 9:8 NASB 8 The Holy Spirit is signifying this, that the way into the holy place has not yet been disclosed while the [i]outer tabernacle is still standing, Earlier on the author had made ...
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How should Hebrews 10:13a be translated and understood?

There are several English renderings and they vary a lot. Taken very literally it seems to say "In remainder, ". Some have something along the lines of "From that time forward". NLT has "There he ...
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What does “take away sin/sins” mean in John 1:29 & Hebrews 10:11?

What does takes away the sin mean in John 1:29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! and take away sins in ...
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What time period did Hebrews 11:37-38 refer to?

"They were stoned to death, sawed in half, and killed with swords. They went around in sheepskins and goatskins. They were needy, oppressed, and mistreated. The world wasn't worthy of them. They ...
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What is the lesson of the “make straight paths” metaphor in Hebrews 12:13?

Hebrews 12:13 (NASB) "And make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed."
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What kind of new way is it in Hebrews 10:20?

I'm sure many of you are familiar with Hebrews 10:20's "new and living way". I never questioned what it said in Greek, whether the "new" was the "kainos kind" or the "neo kind"; qualitatively new or a ...
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What is the “joy” that was set before Jesus mentioned in Hebrews 12:2 [duplicate]

Hebrews 12:2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the ...
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What is the “hope” talked about in Hebrews 10:23

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. What is the hope referred into in the above verse? Is this the same hope talked about ...
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What is the “Sabbath-rest for the people of God” in Hebrews 4:9-11 referring to

Hebrews 4:9-11 New International Version (NIV) 9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works,[a] just as God did from ...
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Who are the “tortured and refused their release…world was not worthy of them” people in Hebrews 11:35?

Hebrews 11 Others were tortured and refused their release, so that they might gain a better resurrection. Still others endured mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were ...
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What is the “sin” referred to in Hebrews 11:25?

Hebrews 11:25 choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. What is the sin referred to here?
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What does “such things” refer to in Hebrews 11:14

For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. Hebrews 11:14 What does such things refer to? How and where did they say such things?
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How was atonement made for eating and touching an “unclean carcass” without shedding of blood in Leviticus 11:39-40?

Leviticus 11:39-40 NASB 39 ‘Also if one of the animals dies which you have for food, the one who touches its carcass becomes unclean until evening. 40 He too, who eats some of its carcass shall ...
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According to Hebrews 8:4, does the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews believe that Jesus was never on earth?

Hebrews 8:4 4 For if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law; NKJV, ©1982 Since the verse states, “if he were on earth,” is the ...
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Does the naming of the „word of God“ in Hebrews 4:12 as a two-edged sword have a negative connotation?

In Hebrews 4:12 the word of God is told to be a two-edged sword: Does this indicate the bad consequences the word of God (which according to revelation 19:13 might be Jesus Christ) has to those who ...
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What is the correct translation of the term “pater” in Hebrews 11:23?

I think "pater" is a greek word that could not be translated as "parents", because pater mean father and in plural mean "fathers" always. And I saw many translators who accept the wrong translation, ...
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What does “taste death” in Hebrews 2:9 mean?

What does taste death in Hebrews 2:9 mean? Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the ...
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What is to be understood by the 'equivalence' in Hebrews 12:29?

και γαρ ο θεος ημων πυρ καταναλισκον Hebrews 12:29 TR - Stephens, Beza, Elzevir and Scrivener all identical. ... for also our God (is) consuming fire. [Young's Literal and EGNT] Here, ...
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What does 'translated' mean in Hebrews 11:5 and Colossians 1:13?

The words μετατιθημι and μεταθεσις are used in Hebrews 11:5 and are rendered as follows in the KJV : By faith Enoch was translated (μετατιθημι) that he should not see death; and was not found, ...
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What are the things that are imperfect in heaven that the Lord has promised to shake out? (Hebrews 12:26,27)

It is quite easy to understand that there are things that are shaken -- things that have been made (and probably imperfect) on earth. The Lord promised to utter his voice and cause them to shake and ...
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What is the “word of the oath” mentioned in Hebrews 7:28?

Hebrews 7:28 refers to “the word of the oath” in discussing the high priesthood of Jesus Christ. What is the word of the oath?: [Heb 7:23-28 ESV] 23 The former priests were many in number, because ...
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Are Luke 16:16 and Hebrews 1:1-3 allusions to Zechariah 13:1-5?

Or are the prophets in Zechariah 13 only the prophets of the false gods? Luke and Hebrews both suggest that the time of the prophets has come to an end: [Luk 16:16 NET] 16 "The law and the ...
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How does Hebrews 12:21 quote Deutoronomy 9:19?

In the NKJV there are footnotes which indicate that Hebrews 12:21 is a quote from Deutoronomy 9:19 but there seem to be some differences there. Hebrews 12:18-21 NKJV. 18 For you have not come [g]...
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What is the meaning of Hebrews 13:3 “you are also in the body”?

I am going to take the traditional view that the author of Hebrews was Paul. When Paul writes Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you ...
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In Hebrews 9:26 what does the author mean by “συντέλεια τῶν αἰώνων”?

ESV Hebrews 9:26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end (συντέλεια) of the ages (τῶν αἰώνων) to ...
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Bondage through fear of death?

14Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15and ...
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What does it mean by “Through” in Hebrews 1:2

Hebrews 1:1-3 (CEB) 1 In the past, God spoke through the prophets to our ancestors in many times and many ways. 2 In these final days, though, he spoke to us through a Son. God made his Son ...
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Ordinances of Divine Service

Hebrews 9:1 (KJV) Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. Giving citations from the scriptures, please explain your interpretation of the "...
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Is Psalm 104:4 an allusion to Exodus 3:2?

First of all, I take "his ministers" to refer to the "angels": Psa 104:4  Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire: It appears that To the Hebrews also takes 104:4 to refer to ...
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Is the angel of Genesis 16:7 “the” angel of the LORD?

In the first appearance of the term "angel of the LORD" in the scriptures there is no definite article: Gen 16:7  And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by ...
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Does απολελυμενον refer to release from prison in Hebrews 13:23?

Bible in Basic English 13:23 Our brother Timothy has been let out of prison; and if he comes here in a short time, he and I will come to you together. American Standard Version 13:23 Know ye ...
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Does μετανοίας(repentance) refer to Esau or Isaac in Hebrews 12:17?

Westcott and Hort / [NA27 variants] ἴστε γὰρ ὅτι καὶ μετέπειτα θέλων κληρονομῆσαι τὴν εὐλογίαν ἀπεδοκιμάσθη, μετανοίας γὰρ τόπον οὐχ εὗρεν, καίπερ μετὰ δακρύων ἐκζητήσας αὐτήν. Hebrews 12:17 (KJV) ...
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Does “all things” always mean the same in these seven verses?

John 1:3 All thingsπάντα were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. John 3:35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all thingsπάντα into his hand. Romans 11:36 For ...
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Which is the correct translation of Hebrews 1:7?

American Standard Version Hebrews 1:7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels winds, And his ministers a flame a fire: Hebrews 1:7 NKJV 7 And of the angels He says: “Who makes His ...
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In Hebrews 12:2 what is the joy “set before” Jesus?

The author of "To the Hebrews" seems to assert that the messiah had a motivating "carrot" set before him. What does the "joy set before" Jesus refer to? What reward does the author of Hebrews ...
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In Ephesians 5:2 and 5:25 what does Paul mean by ἑαυτὸν παρέδωκεν ὑπὲρ αὐτῆς?

Ephesians 5:2 and 5:25 are normally taken to refer to Christ dying for the Assembly ("Church"): Westcott and Hort / [NA27 variants] Ephesians 5:2 καὶ περιπατεῖτε ἐν ἀγάπῃ, καθὼς καὶ ὁ χριστὸς ...
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Does Hebrews 13:8 verse evidence that sins of Enoch and Elijah are cleared by Jesus Christ's death? [duplicate]

It used to confuse me as to how Elijah's and Enoch's "rapture" ( for lack of a better term to describe that they did Not die a physical death on earth ) happened before Jesus Christ's death by ...
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In Hebrews 7:25, what does it mean that Christ “intercedes”?

What does “intercession” mean in this context? Does it mean prayer? 25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession ...
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To whom was “To the Hebrews” written?

Is "To the Hebrews" written to Jews in contradistinction to Hellenized Jews? Or in distinction to gentiles? Samaritans? Christians? Based on the title and the content it seems to me that the letter ...