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Hebrews 5:8 wasn't Jesus fully obedient to the Father?

Hebrews 5:8 KJV; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; Wasn't the Lord, Jesus, fully obedient to the Father? Was suffering necessary to learn obedience? ...
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Who is "The Son" in Hebrews chapter 1: 8 ? Is He God in the strictest sense of the word, or a created being?

The majority of versions render Hebrew 1:8 along the lines of the NASB, where it is written.. But of the Son He says, "Your throne, O God is forever and ever, And the righteous scepter is the ...
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Hebrews 2:7 what is the meaning of "Thou madest him a little lower than angels"?

Hebrews 2:7 KJV; Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; Thou crownedst him with glory and honor, And didst set him over the works of thy hands: What is the meaning of "Thou madest him ...
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Israelite covenant: everlasting or obsolete?

1 Chronicles 16:6-7,14-18 (NIV) says that the Israelite covenant is everlasting: 6 and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests were to blow trumpets regularly before the ark of the covenant of God. 7 Then ...
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Why does God command all his angels to worship his Son, and what does this tell us about his Son's nature?

My understanding is that God is a jealous God and does not tolerate that anyone else be worshiped (Exodus 20:4-5; Luke 4:8). Yet, Hebrews 1:6 (NIV) says: 6 And again, when God brings his firstborn ...
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What does "penetrate even to dividing soul and spirit" mean in Hebrews 4:12?

Do you know what the author of Hebrews, purportedly Paul, meant by "it penetrates even to dividing"? Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword,...
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Hebrews 11:20, Did Isaac bless Esau?

Hebrews 11:20 (DRB): By faith also of things to come, Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau. Did Isaac bless Esau? Is there contradiction between this verse ( Hebrews 11:20) and Genesis 27, Hebrews 12:16,...
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How far back in time is yesterday in the phrase "yesterday today the same" in Hebrews?

Questions like this: Does John 1:3 identify Jesus Christ as the creator? raise the issue of whether it is accurate to identify the Word as Jesus. Some hold the position "Jesus" is a name ...
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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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Abraham have 2 sons or only one? [duplicate]

The question is clear. Genesis 16:15. And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son's name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael. Genesis 21:1-3. And the Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord ...
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Isaac and Jesus described with monogenēs

In Hebrews 11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, The "his only begotten son" reminds me of ...
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John 17:19, what is the meaning of "I sanctify myself"?

John 17:19, (DRB): And for them do I sanctify myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. John 17:19, Latin Vulgate: et pro eis ego sanctifico me ipsum ut sint et ipsi sanctificati in ...
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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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What did the author of "To the Hebrews" mean by the expression: " Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire." (Hebrews 1:7)

Hebrews 1:7 (KJV) "And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire."
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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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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 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/upon him": [Exo 23:21 KJV] (21) Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not;...
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In Hebrews 11:6 is there any difference between "is" and "exists"?

Is there any improper nuance to the word "exists" vs "is" in translating the present tense of "to be" in Hebrews 11:6? Berean Literal Bible: And without faith, it is impossible to please Him. For ...
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What does it mean that ''though [Abel] is dead, he still speaks'' in Hebrews 11:4?

By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead, he still ...
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What is the "reward" Hebrews 11:6 is talking about?

Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. What reward is ...
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What does "made perfect" mean in Heb 5:9?

Hebrews 5:8-10 (ESV) Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, being designated by ...
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How to identify “Most High God” of Hebrews 7:1?

To which deity was the author of Hebrews referring to when he used “Most High God” in Hebrews 7:1? Yes, I am very aware of the claims or speculations of some that the deity of Melchizedek (El Elyon) ...
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Angels are already spirits or can become spirits?

(I must preface this by saying, just because a psalm is poetic, it does not therefore take away from the fact that it is also making a truth statement, and accurate. Jesus quoted psalm 82 about the ...
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What are the "elements" in "the elements will melt with fervent heat"? NKJV. 2 Peter 3:10

Here are 3 possibilities: c.2000 years ago in Greek culture the elements were fire, earth, water, metal and wood. To the modern scientific mind, as when the N.K.J.V. was written, elements may ...
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What are the "own works" that believers cease from in Hebrews 4:10?

Hebrews writes of believers as entering in to their own rest saying, "he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his." (Heb 4:10) What are 'my own works'?
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Was Jesus 'delivered from his fear' or 'delivered because he had fear' of God?

In Hebrews 5:7 Jesus has his 'prayer heard in what he feared' or 'heard in respect to what he feared' - 'εισακουσθεις απο της ευλαβειας'. The ESV had his prayer was heard 'because of his reverence' ...
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What is the meaning of "works" in Hebrews 4:10? [duplicate]

Hebrews 4:8-11 (NIV) 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’...
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What is the meaning of Hebrews 11:39-40?

39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect....
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Which day is the "another day" mentioned in Hebrews 4:8?

Hebrews 4:1-11 (NIV): Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2 For we also have had the good news ...
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Who is the "we" in Hebrews 2:3?

NIV Hebrews 2:1 We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation ...
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Who is the author of Hebrews quoting in Hebrews 10:38?

Who is the author of Hebrews quoting in Hebrews 10:38? Now the just shall live by faith: but if [any man] draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. The "just shall live by faith" part ...
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Hebrews 10:25 - Is this about meeting daily?

Hebrews 10:25 "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching." NKJV Is the writer ...
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Can we conclude that the mandate to keep a literal seventh day Sabbath is obsolete from Exodus 31:12-17, Hebrews 8 and Hebrews 4? [closed]

I will present 3 passages from Scripture and what I understand from each one. 1) Exodus 31:12-17 (NIV) 12 Then the Lord said to Moses, 13 “Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths. This ...
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What does "the same" mean in "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" Heb 13:8 ESV?

Just before this verse faith is mentioned, so perhaps the meaning of Heb 13:8 is that Jesus can always be trusted. Though Jesus can always be trusted "the same" might go beyond this and include other ...
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Holy Place or Most Holy Place in Hebrews 13:11?

NIV Hebrews 13:11 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. Holy Place ἅγια (hagia) Adjective - Accusative ...
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Hebrew 11:24 : From where this information was taken (targum ? talmud ? …)?

"By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;" Hebrew 11:24 - KJV From where this information was taken (targum ? talmud ? …) ? Thanks for ...
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Who is the "he who destroyed the firstborn" in Hebrews 11:28?

In Hebrews 11:28, it says By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that he who destroyed the firstborn would not touch them. Who is "he who destroyed the firstborn"? Is ...
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What is the meaning of bless the Lord?

English Standard Version Hebrews 7:7 It is beyond dispute that the inferior is blessed by the superior. So the higher blesses the lower. English Standard Version Psalm 135:20 O house of Levi, bless ...
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Can a soul exist without its spirit? [closed]

To engage in this question, you need to assume the tripartite nature of man. Arguing against that will be a different question which you are welcome to make by initiating a separate posting. Assuming ...
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How did Athanasius interpret Hebrews 4:12, and how should we?

Many people in my tradition read Hebrews 4:12 and interpret "logos" as "the Bible." However, I noticed in "On the Incarnation" that Athanasius seems to interpret "...
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What does the phrase "are of full age... and by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern" mean in Hebrews 5:14?

What does the phrase "are of full age... and by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern" mean in Hebrews 5:14 “But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even ...
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Does Hebrews 10:4 contradict Jesus regarding Sacrificial Atonement?

Hebrews 10:4 states: "It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins." - This is the thrust of the entire New Covenant. However, in Matthew 26:28, Jesus states: "...
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Was Psalms 45:6 In our bibles a mistranslation (King instead of God)?

And why did the author of Hebrews quoted from this verse if it was badly translated? I'd really appreciate any help I could get because I'm having difficulties with this. Thanks
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What does "by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they" mean in Hebrews 1:4?

What does "by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they" mean in Hebrews 1:4 being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than ...
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Priests or Levites who collected Tithes?

According to the Mosaic Law in the book of Numbers it seems the Levites were the ones who were ordained to collect the Tithes. Numbers 18:21 NIV 21 “I give to the Levites all the tithes in Israel ...
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Jeremiah 31:34 (cf. Hebrews 8:11): γνῶθι τὸν κύριον and πάντες εἰδήσουσίν με

In Jer. 31:34, it is written, וְלֹא יְלַמְּדוּ עוֹד אִישׁ אֶת רֵעֵהוּ וְאִישׁ אֶת אָחִיו לֵאמֹר דְּעוּ אֶת יְהוָה כִּי כוּלָּם יֵדְעוּ אוֹתִי לְמִקְטַנָּם וְעַד גְּדוֹלָם נְאֻם יְהוָה כִּי אֶסְלַח ...
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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 stoned ...
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What hermeneutical approach does Hebrews use on the Old Testament

Psalm 2:7 is quoted in two different contexts in Hebrews, seeming to be used to support two vastly different arguments. In Hebrews 1:5, we read For to which of the angels did God ever say, “...
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In Hebrews 4:9 is the word rest (σαββατισμός)(G4520) used literal or figuratively?

Hebrews 4:9 (NKJV) 9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. The author of Hebrews uses the word rest (κατάπαυσις)(abode,reposing down) throughout his letter but in Hebrew 4:9 he ...
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What does "not yet see" mean in Hebrews 2:8?

"Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him." E.S.V. Possible considerations: Is "not yet see" ...

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