ISSUE: 2011, Volume 8, Issue 1
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This book is different from most other New Testament letters in that whilst it ends like a conventional letter, it does not have an opening salutation.
This makes it very difficult to determine who wrote it. In my view the anonymity of the writer is deliberate, because the writer does not wish to detract from the main object of his writing, which is to present the greatness of the person and work of Christ. Against the backdrop of Judaism and the revered heroes of the Jewish Commonwealth, the writer, in an utterly compelling letter, demonstrates by way of comparison and contrast why no one or nothing can be compared with the person and work of Christ.
The table contained in this PDF shows the dynamics of his convincing argument.
Intertwined with this argument are warnings about neglecting salvation, but also wonderful stories of those who exercised faith in God to encourage us.
The title of W. E. Vine’s commentary on Hebrews Christ All Excelling is a fitting motif for the whole letter.