Women's Study of the book of Hebrews

Hebrews Reading Schedule

05 March             Introduction, chapters 1 and 2

12 March              Chapters 3 and 4

19 March              Chapters 5 and 6

26 March             Chapter 7

02 April                Chapter 8

09 April                Chapters 9 and 10

16 April                 Resurrection Sunday

23 April                Chapter 11

30 April                Chapters 12 and 13

 

Introduction     

The author of Hebrews is unknown. At different times and in different tradition, the book of Hebrews has been attributed to Paul, Barnabas, and Apollos; the book itself focuses on God’s voice, God speaking to his people, downplaying the human author. Hebrews has some elements of a letter – some characteristics of the epistle – but isn’t exactly a letter in the same way that the letter to the Corinthians or to the church at Ephesus is a letter.

The audience of Hebrews is apparently the first-century Messianic Jews, perhaps Essenes, who were devout, observant Jews with a distaste for Temple proceedings rife with corruption and an esteem for the Tabernacle in the wilderness and the Tanakh, or the Old Testament.

Since the book of Hebrews does not mention the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, it was probably written between 64 and 68 AD.

Background        

God can be said to have “tabernacled” with his people at six different points in redemptive history: in the Garden (Genesis 3:8), in the heart of the believer (Exodus 33:15), in the wilderness (Exodus 40:33-35), in the Temple (1Kings 8:1-11), in the Incarnation (Matthew 1:23), and in the Kingdom to Come (Revelation 21:1-6). Paul draws on the rich imagery of the tabernacle in 1 Corinthians 6:19 when he explains that one's physical body is literally the dwelling place, or tabernacle, of the Spirit.  

Click below on the class you would like to access:  

Class 1 - Handout for Chapters 1 & 2. 

Class 2 - Handout for Chapters 3 & 4.

Class 3 - Handout for Chapters 5 & 6.

Class 4 - Handout for Chapter 7.

Class 5 - Handout for Chapter 8.

Class 6 - Handout for Chapters 9 & 10.

Class 7 - Handout for Chapter 11.