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What is the law during the time of Melchizedek?

Hebrews 7:12 provides: “For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also.” ‭ In Hebrews 7:11, the change in priesthood refers to a change from the order of Aaron to the order of ...
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Would salvation have been possible if Jesus had died without shedding His blood?

Would salvation have been possible if Jesus died without shedding His blood? As far as I understand, the Bible says that the believers are saved through joining together with Christ in His death and ...
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How do churches that have indefinitely suspended in-person services understand Hebrews 10:25?

Hebrews 10:23-25 says "Let us hold resolutely to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to spur one another on to love and good deeds. 25 Let us not ...
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How do Biblical Unitarians respond to translations of Hebrews 1:8 which have God calling the Son 'God'?

A typical translation of Hebrews 1:8 is "But about the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever, and justice is the scepter of Your kingdom." (Berean Study Bible) The 'He'...
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What answer did Arius and Eusebius have to Melchisedec being a representative likeness having ‘no beginning of days’ (Hebrews 7:3)?

Origen of Alexandria 184-253 taught that the relationship between the Father and the Son was one of an ‘eternal begetting’ but Arius 256-336 argued that ‘the Logos had a beginning and that the Son, ...
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How do those who reject the divinity of Jesus understand Hebrews 1:6 (“Let all God’s angels worship him.”)? [duplicate]

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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How do Unitarians explain Hebrews 1:10-12?

How do Unitarians explain Hebrews 1:10-12? 10 And, “In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands; 11 they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear ...
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How do Protestant Christians understand the “Sabbath-rest for the people of God” in Hebrews chapter 4?

So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. (Hebrews 4:9-10) What are God’s conditions for ...
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What is an overview of interpretations of the concept of "Sabbath-rest" presented in Hebrews 4?

Hebrews 4:1-11 (NIV) says: 4 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 ...
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Should Catholics ignore Hebrews 13:3 if a Prisoner is excommunicated?

After researching "Excommunication", I discovered this publication regarding the Catholic Church : The Catholic Church cannot, nor does it wish to, oppose any obstacle to the internal ...
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If Israel is the vine that prefigures Jesus, the "true" vine, isn't Israel's purpose fulfilled?

The question of which vine is being contrasted when Jesus claims to be the "true vine" (John 15) received this answer that the vine contrasted with the "true" vine is Israel; taken ...
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Does Hebrews 4:12 imply that unspoken good intentions might justify sins? [closed]

This question is related to the post I have asked on the Literature.SE. Yet, this question might be treated as a separate post which does not require reading the other one. Also, I should note that I ...
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Don't the questions of Hebrews 1:5 and 1:13 demand an answer of 'None'? So how can Jehovah's Witnesses say that Jesus is the archangel Michael?

There's a suggested duplicate to this question but that question deals with how the Jehovah's Witnesses explain the begotten divinity of Jesus while still maintaining that He is unequal to God. This ...
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Who are the origin of Hebrew people and the land ? Genesis 40:15

I found the word Hebrew appear in Genesis 40:15 New International Version I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a ...
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In Hebrew 5:9, what changed about the Son's perfection?

In the book of Hebrews, we read: 8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10 and was ...
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Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that Michael the arch-angel is Jesus. So did Michael swear the oath to Abraham at Genesis 22:15-17?

My point is why does Michael the arch-angel swear an oath on behalf of God and multiply Abraham's seed at Genesis 22:16-17 in light of what Hebrews 6:13-14 states? "For when God made the promise ...
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Why is Hebrews considered inerrant?

Evangelical Christians (of which I am one) consider the Bible to be inerrant - that is, given directly by God, and without error as original written. If we trust Jesus' words, then the inerrancy of ...
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How do we understand that the law was given by angels

This scriptures shows us that the Law was given by ministrations of angels and by Moses. Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it. Acts 5:53 For if the word spoken ...
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Hebrew 1:10 means according to the Catholic? [closed]

I read from this link where some of the sentence is talking about God is always the same. Below is the verse quoted from that link : You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, ...
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How do Catholic theologians reconcile homoousion with the vulgate translation of Hebrews 1:3?

How do Catholic theologians reconcile homoousion with the Vulgate translation of Hebrews 1:3? (Vulgata Clementa) qui cum sit splendor glóriæ, et figúra substántiæ ejus, portánsque ómnia verbo ...
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Can the cloud of witnesses mentioned in Hebrews 12:1 speak to us today?

Who are the cloud of witnesses mentioned in Heb.12:1 and do they communicate to us today? Some examples of this from the bible is Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration and the man mentioned ...
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Do the Jehovah's Witnesses believe the new covenant is for gentiles?

My understanding of the new covenant is that it was made ONLY with the houses of Israel, not with gentiles: [Jer 31:31 KJV] 31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant ...
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How do Pre-Millennial Dispensationalists reconcile Hebrews 8:13?

Pre-Millennial Dispensationalists believe God has two covenants: one with the Christians and one with the Jews but that appears to be going against the grain of what Hebrews 8:13 says. "By ...
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Did the metphor of double-edged sword originate in Psalms?

We see at Hebrews 4:12: Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the ...
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Was any early martyr of the Church sawn in two, as mentioned in Hebrews?

In Hebrews 11:35–37 the author writes: ...Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and ...
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What happened to Aaron's staff and the jar of manna placed by Moses in the Ark of the Covenant

Please note, I am not asking what was inside the Ark of the Covenant (question asked in June 2013) but what happened to Aaron's budding staff and the jar of manna by the time the Ark of the Covenant ...
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Scientific contradictions in bible [closed]

The problems are:- In the Book of genesis it is said that the Universe was created in 6 days. But from the scientific perspective it is impossible. It took billions of years. Also the chronology the ...
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Do messianic Jews claim to be the beneficiaries of the new covenant now?

Do messianic Jews say that the following is true in their lives?: NIV Jer 31: 33b: ...“I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses understand Hebrews 1?

Hebrews 1:4–14 contrasts Jesus with the angels. How do groups like Jehovah's Witnesses, who see him as an angel, understand these verses?
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How did Paul know so much about Melchizedek?

The Old Testament has 3 verses on the subject. 2 in Genesis 14:18 and 19 and Psalms 110:14. That's all. Yet Paul has given a surprising description of Melchizedek, the complete chapter of Hebrews 7 is ...
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Do OT scriptures clearly indicate sacrifices will be replaced? [closed]

The author of Hebrews builds the case that the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus has replaced the OT system of animal sacrifices. Are there any OT scriptures that clearly indicate the Jewish system ...
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From the Reformed perspective, what is the meaning of the tearing of the veil in Matt. 27:51?

Matt. 27:51, "And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;" (KJV) Also from Mark 15:38, "And the veil of the ...
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Was Psalms 45:6 Mistranslated? [closed]

I'm having difficulty with this passage. On Psalms 45:6: Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated ...
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Why did the reformers include the book of Hebrews in the canon?

Related: Why was Hebrews included in the canon? It's widely known that Hebrews has been in the canon of most of Christendom for a long time, originally on the basis of Pauline authorship (see the ...
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Hebrews 5:1 and the pope

When reading Hebrews 5 I couldn't help but think of the Catholic Church and the position of pope. Would Catholicism regard the role of pope as appointed/anointed to "act on behalf of men in relation ...
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Why does Catholicism believe in purgatory? [duplicate]

Why does Catholicism believe in purgatory if according to Hebrews we are faced with judgement after we die? Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
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How do proponents of the dual nature of man address Hebrews 4:12, "dividing soul and spirit"?

Those holding to a tripartite nature of man, or trichotomism, sometimes point to Hebrews 4:12 as evidence for their view that soul and spirit are distinct in man: For the word of God is alive and ...
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How would Biblical Inerrantists resolve perceived tensions between 2 Timothy 3:16 and Hebrews 7:18?

2 Timothy 3:16 says: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness... (NIV) From the perspective of Biblical Inerrancy, how is this ...
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Who wrote the book of Hebrews and is the book complete?

I was recently reading in the book of Hebrews when I realized that I didn't know who was speaking, and I haven't been able to figure it out. I was just reading a commentary that stated it was James, ...
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Are we living with Angels in flesh?

Are we living with angels in flesh? I've heard of the spiritual element of angels through the Bible and other mediums, but the following verse introduces them in flesh. "Do not forget to show ...
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How do Catholics explain Hebrews 13:10 and John 6:54?

We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat. Hebrews 13:10 (NIV) Catholics interpret Hebrews 13:10 as talking about the Eucharist (source). Whoever ...
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According to Evangelicalism when did Jesus become the High Priest?

In the Aaronic Priesthood, priests come and go but Jesus is a priest forever. Hebrews 7:23-25 (MSG) 23-25 Earlier there were a lot of priests, for they died and had to be replaced. But Jesus’ ...
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To "once saved always saved" advocates, what does it mean that church leaders "keep watch over our souls"?

Many evangelicals believe that people cannot lose their salvation due to disobedience. If that is so, why do we need people to "keep watch over our souls"? Hebrews 13:17 (ESV) Obey your leaders and ...
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What is the Biblical basis against Melchizedek being the Holy Spirit?

A friend of mine is part of a church that teaches that Hebrews 7 indicates that Melchizedek is the Holy Spirit. What are the arguments against this view? For reference, here is Hebrews 7:15–21 (NIV): ...
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Can Hebrews Chapter 4 use of "Today" Be Used to Refute mistranslation of Luke 23:43 in the New World Translation of the Bible? [closed]

See the "today" doctrine presented in Hebrews: Hebrews 4: 6 Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of ...
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Why did heaven need to be purified by Christ's blood? [closed]

Hebrews 9:23, speaking of Moses purifying the earthly tabernacle and Jesus the heavenly home with blood, says, It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be ...
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What type of Sabbath rest is Hebrews 4 talking about? [closed]

Hebrews 4 refers to the Israelites previously "not entering their rest" (verses 11, 5) and also that we should "make every effort to enter into that rest." (verse 11) Verse 9 states: But God has ...
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We will judge angels? But we are lower than the angels

Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? 1 Cor 6:3 (KJV) This verse says that we will judge angels, but this verse 6 But one in a certain place ...
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To JWs, how is Jesus Christ "the same yesterday and today, and forever"?

I'm referring, of course, to Hebrews 13:8. The Jehovah's Witnesses' preferred translation, the New World Translation, translates it in basically the same way as all other translations: Jesus Christ ...
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From a Lutheran perspective, does Hebrews 6 mean that some who fall away can never be restored?

Francis Pieper says that Lutheranism teaches both monergistic election and a salvation that can be lost: What Scripture teaches on final perseverance may be summarized in these two statements: 1. ...