Even the Aaronic priesthood, something considered authoritative to the Jews, especially in the Priestly narrative in the Tanakh (The Old Testament), is considered inferior to Jesus. TGÂ Holy Ghost, Unpardonable Sin against; Jesus Christ, Crucifixion of. Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” ... Book of Mormon. Christ is a High Priest after the order of Melchizedek. 5 As Punt emphasized, “The rhetorically crafted nature of Hebrews suggests an Alexandrian background of thought… the attempts to describe the … relationship… between Philo and Hebrews have been various, ranging from direct influence of Philo on Hebrews, to accepting that Philo and the Hebrews author share the same (Alexandrian) thought world, to disavowing the value of even comparing Hebrews with Philo. Night. As is often the case in the Book of Mormon, there’s more than meets the eye of the casual reader. Note: All links open in a new separate tab for convenience purposes. Hebrews: the book of better things 1 CAF Ou tline of Hebrews One of the unifying themes of the book of Hebrews is its emphasis on the better things found in the Christian faith, especially the superiority of Jesus himself over all who preceded him, succeeded him, or competed with him. The First Temple religion of Israel was centered around the belief that the King and Queen represented God, and that the king was not only God’s representative, but that he ruled in the stead of God, that he was “the son of God”… we see some of these ideas represented in Hebrews through the anointing and the references to Melchizedek, king of Salem. For people who know and love the Book of Mormon, parts of the book of Hebrews in the New Testament may seem vaguely familiar. 17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his acounsel, bconfirmed it by an coath: 18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to alie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for brefuge to lay hold upon the chope set before us: 19 Which hope we have as an aanchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the bveil; 20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an ahigh priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. Bookmarks. Ø It is a book of encouragement. A striking feature of this presentation of the gospel is the unique manner in which the author employs expositions of eight specific passages of the OT Scriptures: 9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. I find it safe to say this text was written and disseminated prior to 90 AD. “To the Hebrews” was known to Clement (35-99 AD), who was bishop of Rome in the 90’s AD, so this book represents the situation in the earliest years of the Christian movement. Who was Hebrews written to? Hebrews: The Book of “Better” Things The book of Hebrews presents Christ as God’s full and final revelation. These believers are swimming upstream in the world, in the watery chaos as it were, and need some kind of boost to their faith. Hebrews 12. 3 John. And so because of power, politics and the situation in and around Jerusalem at this time I think the case can be made that this text was written before 70. Paul Y. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. Much of chapters 6 and 7 of the book of Hebrews is given to explaining why Jesus’ Melchizedek priesthood is superior to that of Aaron. and Avocational Archaeologist, Archaeoastronomer who has lived in Ohio all his life. Melchizedek is mentioned earlier (5:6, 10; 6:20); but chapter 7 makes a fuller comparison, revealing that the Melchizedekian order was superior to the Aaronic one. "Teaching the Scriptural Emphasis on the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ." Revelation Book of Mormon 1 Ne. Here’s why: the author of Hebrews doesn’t talk as if it’s happened, he never comes out and says that Christianity is superior to Judaism because the Jews got killed, had their holy temple desecrated and were slaughtered and scattered. Following that example, Latter-day Saints hope to attain same godhood status, while eternally worshiping the Father and the Son (Gospel Principles, chapter 47). A purported ancient text? Print. Ø It is a book of warning. These Jewish Christians were tempted to return to their Jewish beliefs or to the beliefs of their ancestors. 2 John 3 Jn. He is greater than the angels and has a more excellent name and a higher calling. This all changes, according to Brown, right about the time that the temple was destroyed. WHY STUDY HEBREWS? All of these ideas were swirling around in First Temple Israelite religion. Now there is much more to Hebrews than just this. It means that the mysterious appearance of Melchizedek in the passage in Genesis without any mention of these things makes him a suitable type of the Messiah, who literally was eternal (though in the Incarnation he did have human parents, was born, and died). Sepia. The colored dots at the end of each source denotes LDS friendly •, Neutral •, and Critical •. The author of Hebrews is also aware of Second Temple Judaism, and is at home with using language that Jews of the Second Temple would understand. Christ’s priesthood is above the Aaronic or Levitical Priesthood (Hebrews 4.14-7.28), and the sanctuary of the Old Testament as well as the offerings of the ancient priests (Hebrews 8.1-10.39). Numerous commentators on Mormon history, from LDS Church general authority B. H. Roberts to Fawn M. Brodie, biographer of Joseph Smith, have noted similarities in the content of View of the Hebrews and the Book … The recipients of this text seem to be, as they are called in the title of the document, the Hebrews. Shop Deseret Book's Black Friday deals all week long LDS Living Staff - Black Friday Week is here and we've got some awesome deals from Deseret Book ! ; Jesus serves as our mediator to the Father. The LDS teaching turns the argument of Hebrews 5-7 on its head. Related Content previous next. Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Hebrews 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. To me, this text was written before the temple was destroyed. 1 John. 2 Peter. Sources of the Book of Mormon. The claim has been made before, and has recently been raised again, that Joseph Smith specifically copied the main structure and many details in the Book of Mormon from Ethan Smith’s 1823 View of the Hebrews. The Author of Hebrews Terrence L. Szink, “Authorship of the Epistle to the Hebrews” in How the New Testament Came to Be: The Thirty-fifth Annual Sidney Bart Ehrman has stated that the author of Hebrews uses the word faith (pistis in the Greek) differently than in the texts that are generally considered Pauline by most scholars. 10. Although almost everyone conventionally accepts that pistis is used differently in Hebrews than in epistles considered genuinely Pauline because of Martin Luther, pistis had the same meaning to all first-century readers. View of the Hebrews is an 1823 book written by Ethan Smith, a United States Congregationalist minister, who argued that Native Americans were descended from the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. It is claimed that a 19th century work by Ethan Smith, View of the Hebrews, provided source material for Joseph Smith's construction of the Book of Mormon. John Hilton III. Religious Educator, 20 (3): 133-153 (2019). Today we will briefly examine the text of the book of Hebrews in the New Testament and what we think is going on this text. 1 Nephi 2 Ne. This is difficult for modern readers but it is important to know – that this is one reason Brown thinks why we have such difficult anti-Semitic passages in the book of John. Let’s talk about The View of the Hebrews. The entire text uses Jewish ideas and motifs to illustrate how they fit in with the narrative of Jesus taking us back into the presence of God. John Hilton III. This book also teaches that Jesus is greater than Moses and that His ministry brought a new covenant superior to the old covenant under the law of Moses. 7 Again, he a limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will b hear his voice, c harden not your hearts. Downloads Female Voice (MP3) Male Voice (MP3) Entire Book (PDF) Text Settings. Chapter 12. Default. The intent in publishing it has been to make it available to all interested readers—whether critics, believers in the Book of Mormon, or scholars of early American religious history. It just wouldn’t have happened. Theme. Hebrews 11 stresses the pistis or faithfulness of important Old Testament figures. Pistis is symbolically represented by right handclasps in the first-century (one needs to know someone and act accordingly in order to shake hands, thereby making it possible to enter a covenant). Designed using Unos Premium. 6, Some have argued that Luke wrote Hebrews. 10 For God is not aunrighteous to forget your work and blabour of clove, which ye have shewed toward his dname, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. I am uncertain as to who this author is. 4 For it is impossible for those who were once aenlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost. Yet author never says this. From this frame and from these ideas, I am of the belief that these Christian Jews were aware of both First and Second temple doctrines, beliefs, and symbols. Below you can find the sources, links, and notes for the paperback/hardback CES Letter.Start by the chapter/section of the CES Letter and then look for the footnote number that you see next to the text in the book.. It is difficult to imagine that these Christians would have been tempted to join sides with a group that has been completely decimated, taken out of power, had their temple destroyed, and been totally scattered. Hide Footnotes. These people are in a difficult circumstance – they are in the minority, from the text it seems as if they are getting all kinds of opposition to their faith from within the Jewish community, and are considering abandoning their faith in Jesus. Hebrews 13. This is surely an odd way of stating matters if, as the LDS Church teaches, Melchizedek was actually a priest after the order of Jesus! Table of Contents. Similar books written before the Book of Mormon? Hebrews 5:11-6:12, the need to learn and grow and produce. Hebrews 2. Perhaps the most important BETTER of all. We can make some good guesses as to when this was written based upon who we think it was written to. Jump to Subtopic: The Spalding Theory of Book of Mormon authorship; The View of the Hebrews theory of Book of Mormon authorship 1 Therefore we ought to give the more a earnest b heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. The internal evidence presented by the book of Hebrews itself indicates an author other than Paul. The Doctrine and Covenants & Church History, 2021 Spring: Jesus Christ and the Everlasting Gospel, 1 Nephi 8 and 11 Another way to see the Tree of Life, Ep 88 | D&C 6-9, Come Follow Me (Jan 25-31), Ep 87 | D&C 3-5, Come Follow Me (Jan 18-24). We will look at who we think wrote Hebrews, when it was written, etc. Calvin said, “I indeed can deduce no reason to show that Paul was its author for they who say that he designedly suppressed his name because it was hateful to the Jews, bring nothing to the purpose. How do you convince these thinking, feeling, struggling Jewish believers in Jesus that they should keep the faith? 13. I will set out to prove that the similarities between the two works are exaggerated and details are often contradictory. The purpose of this paper is to show how LDS church leaders have used passages found within the eighth through thirteenth chapters of Hebrews in their teachings. 2 Peter 1 Jn. 11. Now there’s also a sub text here too in the book, to these Christians, their world is one of two ideologies struggling for supremacy – First and Second temple Judaism. Hebrews 7:23–24 implies that Jesus holds His priestly office eternally, using a Greek word that suggests something that cannot be passed down or changed. 1. We are going to see more of this in John’s book of Revelation – this is First Temple Judaism at its finest. A brief analysis and discussion of the geography of 1 Nephi 16 and 17 in the Book of Mormon and the discoveries of plausible locations for Nahom and Bountiful in the Ababian Peninsula that, on its own, disprove that theory that Joseph Smith or anyone else from 1830 authored the Book of Mormon. Add Bookmark. "In Come Follow Me Commentary: The New Testament, 1143-1173.Springville, UT: Book of Mormon Central, 2019. As one example, nothing in the View of the Hebrews explains the rich Semitic complexity of the Book of Mormon. Hebrews 11. 4 Apollos is mentioned several times in the New Testament, was from Alexandria (Acts 18.24), where a connection has been made to the writings of Philo at Alexandria and there is speculation that Philo’s works may have influenced the words of Hebrews. When you consider the wide agreement among biblical scholars about who wrote every other book of the New Testament, it’s a little mysterious that we don’t know who wrote Hebrews. For people who know and love the Book of Mormon, parts of the book of Hebrews in the New Testament may seem vaguely familiar. Presentation Summary : The Book of Hebrews addresses three basic groups in the Jewish Community: Group 1- Hebrew Christians, a congregation of true believers in Jesus Christ who were (exclusions apply) Not a Platinum member? Logic tells us that if the author was writing post 70 A.D. that he would simply cite this as the reason that Judaism had failed. Let us go on to perfection—The sons of perdition crucify Christ anew—God swears with an oath that the faithful will be saved. Hebrews 9:1-10, the better sanctuary. It was first published in March 1830 by Joseph Smith as The Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi. Melchizedek Priesthood Frank F. Judd Jr., “Melchizedek: Seeing After the Zion of Enoch” in Sperry Symposium Classics: The Old Testament, ed. The argument of Hebrews is as follows: Jesus Christ is superior to the prophets (Hebrews 1.1-3), to the angels (Hebrews 1.4-2.18) and even superior to the great prophet Moses (Hebrews 3.1-6). 1 John 2 Jn. These are (in most part) the show notes from our podcast “Talking Scripture” that Bryce Dunford and I covered when we discussed the book of Hebrews. James. 12. The author of Hebrews is going to use the First Temple texts and their visions and their ideas that mankind may enter into the presence of God as an important framework for his discussion. Jude. Hebrews 7:26 calls this priest “exalted” and sinless. Now this changes some things for those that believe that Hebrews was not written by Paul because what we have here is an issue of history, politics, power, and timing. The Book of Hebrews helps us to understand the relationship between Jewish and Gentile believers, and between Israel and the church. In other words, they insisted that Gentiles become Jewish proselytes. Christ’s priesthood is above the Aaronic or Levitical Priesthood (Hebrews 4.14-7.28), and the sanctuary of the Old Testament as well as the offerings of the ancient priests (Hebrews 8.1-10.39). It is from First temple texts that we read of things like the idea that man may ascend into the presence of God, that he may “become a son of God,” (Psalm 2, Psalm 110). Oliver H. P. Cowdery (October 3, 1806 – March 3, 1850) was, with Joseph Smith, an important participant in the formative period of the Latter Day Saint movement between 1829 and 1836. See what's new with book lending at the Internet Archive. Who said yes and who said no to the question, “Hebrews in Prehistoric America?” “Absolutely”, says Richard Moats Ordained Evangelist in the Church of Jesus Christ International. Hebrews 7:3 does not mean that Melchizedek literally had no parents, birth, or death. For this reason an argument can be made that Paul may be the author of this document. 8 For if a Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. Ethan Smith's View of the Hebrews, published seven years before the Book of Mormon is thought to be source material for Joseph Smith's Book of Mormon. that were available to Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery, Martin Harris and others before the publication of the Book of Mormon. Bookmarks Edit. Chapter 11. Hebrews states repeatedly, quoting Psalm 110:4, that Jesus is a priest “according to the order of Melchizedek” (Heb. Ø It is a book about faith. It was written to people, written to people in a particular situation. Besides, what is said of the practice of catechizing in the sixth chapter, does not well suit the time or age of Paul. Using the book of Hebrews as a launching pad, we compared and contrasted Jesus to Moses (the prototype prophet), to the Levitical sacrificial system (including Priesthood, Sacrifice, Law, and Covenant), and to Israel’s kings, particularly David. 9 But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. that were available to Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery, Martin Harris and others before the publication of the Book of Mormon. This understanding, trust and faithfulness of pistis leads to repentance and baptism and more covenants. 1 Peter. Finding the male name Alma in a record about descendants early Hebrews now must be viewed not as a reason for mocking the Book of Mormon, but as a reason to take it seriously. 2. Thus study probes the lives of individuals identified in Chapter 11 of the Book of Hebrews as persons of faith in an effort to help us grow more steadfast in our own faith. 8. To me the arguments really could go either way. LDS General Authority and scholar Elder B.H. Written in the context of suffering to Alexandrian/Hellenistic Jews. Ethan Smith's book was published in the adjoining county west of Windsor County, where Joseph Smith was born and lived from 1805 to 1811. By this we mean that Christianity came out of the synagogue and its traditions. Book of Mormon. It makes sense that this was written before the Roman general Titus comes in with his armies and 70 A.D. and rips up the temple in Jerusalem. Criticisms related to View of the Hebrews and the Book of Mormon. Reading Materials Lynne Hilton Wilson, "Hebrews 1-6," Come Follow Me: The New Testament, 2019. Richard D. Draper is an Emeritus Professor of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University (1988 to 2010). THE BOOK of Hebrews appeared at a critical time in the history of the early church. If Hebrews was written after 70, they’re probably would not be a lot of Christians struggling in their faith, been tempted to go back to Judaism. I look forward to doing a podcast on this in the next few days with my colleague Bryce Dunford, which I will link to this post shortly. There are those who claim that because of the extensive similarities between the Book of Mormon and View of the Hebrews, that Joseph Smith must have used View of the Hebrews as inspiration for inventing the story of the Book of Mormon. The whole book of Hebrews negates that idea and supports what Paul says in Galatians 3:24-27 Therefore the law was our tutor (custodian, school bus driver) to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. In Paul’s time pistis refers to knowledge, persuasion and understanding that lead to actions of trust with things or individuals. It is claimed that a 19th century work by Ethan Smith, View of the Hebrews, provided source material for Joseph Smith's construction of the Book of Mormon. Martin Luther guessed that perhaps Apollos was the author. 11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same adiligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: 12 That ye be not aslothful, but followers of them who through bfaith and cpatience inherit the dpromises. Religious Educator, 20 (3): 133-153 (2019). 5:6, 10; 6:20; 7:11, 17). Was following Jesus really the right call after all? Being a Jew after 70 A.D. would be very difficult as the Jews were being persecuted by Rome due to their rebellion at the temple mount. Roberts privately researched the link between the Book of Mormon, the View of the Hebrews, Joseph’s father having the same dream in 1811 as Lehi’s dream, etc. Paul works on this, taking it to task (especially in Galatians), but for now it is important to see that there were Jews in and around Jerusalem who believed in Jesus but still were “doing” Jewish religion, right down to circumcision, at least in the first century. And when we look through the book of Hebrews, we recognize that the Christians at that time were up against some really difficult odds. Jesus came to suffer death and save men—He came to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. "THE main object of the epistle is to commend the Christian religion to those who were addressed in it, in such a way as to prevent defection from it. 13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could aswear by no greater, he bsware by himself. Only the Book of Mormon contains lengthy and complicated uses of Hebrew poetic forms like chiasmus. Others have speculated that perhaps Luke was the editor. There is one BETTER that I deliberately left out. Brown makes the case that the reason we have such anti-Semitism in John’s Gospel is because the break with Judaism has occurred and it is a historical fact at the time John’s Gospel has been written, probably right around the year 90 AD. The whole book of Hebrews negates that idea and supports what Paul says in Galatians 3:24-27 Therefore the law was our tutor (custodian, school bus driver) to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 9. Powered by WordPress. But the manner of teaching, and the style, sufficiently show that Paul was not the author; and the writer himself confesses in the second chapter that he was one of the disciples of the apostles, which is wholly different from the way in which Paul spoke of himself. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. Hebrews could be called "the book of better things" since the two Greek words for "better" and "superior" occur 15 times in the letter. 1. I appreciate Brent Schmidt’s teaching that pistis or faith is something that leads to action – toward trust, baptism, and making and keeping covenants with God. Mormon Ether Ether Moro. Hebrews James James 1 Pet. In 1927 the well respected LDS historian BH Roberts wrote a letter to LDS Apostle Richard R. Lyman with a laundry list of concerns he had with the Book of Mormon stating his conviction the prophet had ‘borrowed’ from Ethan Smith’s work, View of the Hebrews. The Book Of Hebrews Addresses Three Basic Groups In The Jewish PPT. And Deseret Book Platinum members get double points on all purchases all week long! Joseph Smith documented liar; Kinderhook plates exposed as phony; Book of Abraham exposed “fraud” Mormon Church History. This book is very special to me because it was written to the Jewish Christians in the church who were undergoing very severe persecution that the vast majority of believers have never had to experience. In modern English we usually refer to this trust as faithfulness or fidelity which is how pistis should be rendered in both Romans and Hebrews. But the Letter to a CES director fills 3 and a half pages of parallels showing how similar the books are. Hebrews 10. The Book of Mormon is one of the four standard works of the LDS church. 15 And so, after he had patiently aendured, he obtained the promise. Even the robes of the high priest, even the notion of a high priest is considered inferior to the supremacy of Jesus Christ. JSTÂ Heb. 3 John Jude Jude Rev. DNA evidence conflicts with Book of Mormon; Joseph Smith. One such passage is found in Hebrews 11:1–34 , which gives a list of many people in the Old Testament and all that they were able to do “by faith” while affirming that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” What do you tell them? We think it was written to those Christians that were Jews who converted to Christianity in the first century. The reformer John Calvin thought that Luke or Clement of Rome was the author of Hebrews. Alleged relationships of View of the Hebrews to the Book of Mormon have attracted interest periodically through the years. Personal email communication with Brent Schmidt in my possession, 9.17.19. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For information on the temple, see here. Roberts privately researched the link between the Book of Mormon, the View of the Hebrews, Joseph’s father having the same dream in 1811 as Lehi’s dream, etc. Greek scholar Brent Schmidt had this to say about this idea: I often agree with Ehrman on many points but on this subject he is following the crowd. There are several theories as to the origin of the Book of Mormon.Most adherents to the Latter Day Saint movement view the book as a work of inspired scripture. Themes in the Book of Hebrews . … 1 Peter 2 Pet. The book of Hebrews testifies of the superiority of Jesus Christ. Do you struggle with “walking by faith” at times? Hebrews 7:1-28, the better—perfect—priest with the better covenant from God. 2 John. In ascension texts we see things typified such as the sacrifice of Yahweh or Jehovah (however he’s termed and whatever your preference of pronunciation) then after which Yahweh is brought into the presence of the Heavenly Mother and Heavenly Father- most of the time we see this stuff going on in the Old Testament via types- for example Joseph’s story in Genesis 37-50 or Sarah’s experience in Genesis 12 and in the Genesis Apocryphon, what I call “the other half of the Sacrifice of Sarah”. The issue is essentially this notion that Judaism and Christianity are all part of the same tree before the destruction of the temple. Numerous commentators on Mormon history, from LDS Church general … LDS General Authority and scholar Elder B.H. Surely Hebrews 11 is using pistis in this manner, illustrating that faith led many people in the Old Testament to trust the Lord and come unto him. Helps us to understand that it was a letter learn and grow and produce let us go to. 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