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Comparing And Contrasting Revelation And Hebrews

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Comparing and contrasting different written works is a key aspect to discovering truths about the Christian Bible. When we compare and contrast canonical books, we can learn many things about the theology and context in which these books were written. Today, we will be comparing two books from the New Testament: Hebrews and Revelation. While Hebrews is often referred to as an epistle, it is actually more similar to a sermon. Revelation is a book that describes a supposed “vision” from the author John. John wrote this vision down on the instruction of a heavenly figure. While we compare these books, we will specifically focus on their relation to Judaism and their positions on Judaism. We ...view middle of the document...

Additionally, Revelation makes the claim that Jerusalem will “descend from heaven” (Revelation 21:10), and that the twelve gates of the “New Jerusalem” will be named after the twelve tribes of Israel. These symbolisms further concrete the idea that this book appears to view Jerusalem as relevant. There is much symbolism between Jewish history and the events depicted in the vision from Revelation. Even though it appears that the book of Hebrews views Jewish history as obsolete, Revelation views Jewish history as something that will be repeated and continued through a rebirthing of Israel. This difference is clearly emphasized in both books.
The book of Hebrews seems to be written to a group of Gentile converts who have been tempted to leave Christianity for non-Christian Judaism, which rejects Christ as the after being persecuted for their faith. The author of Hebrews attempts to convince his audience of the superiority of Christian beliefs above the principles and figures that early Jews highly regarded. Early Jews always relied on prophets to hear the voice of God which was spoken through them. The first three verses describe how God has now chosen to speak through Jesus Christ who is above all prophets that ever lived. “1 In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe” (1:1-2). One of the most important, if not the most important, figure of Jewish history is Moses whom God gave the Law to for the Jewish people on Mt Sinai. Moses is considered to be a type of the Law and are commonly expressed as one. “For the Law was given by Moses, but Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). Throughout all of the history of the Jews, the Law is most influential principle of Judaism that conducts how they live their lives. Hebrews again speaks of Christ superiority to Moses and the Law.5 “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,”[a] bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. 6 But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.” (3:5-6). Jews relied on High Priest to be a mediator between them and God in a system called the Jewish Priesthood. The blessings of the nation was wrapped up in the quality of their high priest regardless of the behavior of the people the priest represented. Jesus is, in Hebrews, superior to them as well, being the ultimate mediator for all people of Christian faith (4:14-5:10). One final tradition of Jews that existed before the time of Christ s that of animal sacrifices. Animals were killed and offered as an offering to God as a way to receive forgiveness for their sins. Hebrews argues that Christ was the ultimate sacrifice so that no one will ever...

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