Hebrews, James, And 1 Peter Essay

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Hebrews, James, and 1 Peter are the first three of eight general epistles found near the end of the New Testament. All three letters were written by different authors: Hebrews probably by the apostle Paul, James by James the eldest brother of Jesus, and 1 Peter by the apostle Peter. These three letters also had different recipients. It is assumed that Hebrews was written to primarily Jewish Christians who had been scattered across the known world and likewise with the book of James, but 1 Peter appears to be written to both Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians scattered in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. Despite having different authors and different readers, all three letters have a similar purpose and theme: they were writing to encourage Christians who were under severe persecution for their faith. The author of Hebrews was writing to a group of Christians who were under intense persecution and some were contemplating a return to Judaism in order to escape suffering. The purpose of the book was to present the Lord Jesus Christ as perfect and superior in comparison to anything Judaism and the old covenant had to offer. He admonished them not to turn away from their only hope of salvation. In chapters 1-10, the author repeatedly demonstrates Jesus Christ as preeminent over the angels (1:6); over Moses, (3:3); and over the Old Testament priesthood, (5:10). He explains that the New Covenant is greater than the Old Covenant because Jesus was the…

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