Hebrews 11:1-40

Locate the passage. In Heb 10:38–39, the author prepared the way for the great hall of faith in Hebrews 11 by his quotation of Hab 2:3–4 and the reference in v. 39 to “those who believe.” Genre Expository. There is a clear shift in the discourse struct... Read More »

Hebrews 10:32-39

Locate the passage. The final paragraph in the section begun at 10:18 and before the new sub-section on faith beginning at 11:1. Genre Hortatory. Note the imperative in v. 32. Determine the structure of the text A new paragraph begins with v. 32 and continues ... Read More »

Hebrews 10:26-31

Locate the passage. Hebrews 10:26–31 is the second major paragraph of this section begun at 10:18, and also constitutes the fourth warning passage in Hebrews. The paragraph addresses the consequences of “willful sin” in the most severe tones. Genre Horta... Read More »

Hebrews 10:1-18

Locate the passage. This section concludes the expositional section begun at 7:1. Genre Expository. There are no command forms in the passage. Determine the structure of the text There are four sub-paragraphs making up this section: 10:1-4          ... Read More »

Hebrews 9:15-28

Locate the passage. The author begins a new paragraph in Heb 9:15 with the use of oun, left untranslated in the NIV. The rhetorical question in 9:14 and the use of kai and dia touto in 9:15 further serve to mark the beginning of a new paragraph at 9:15. The co... Read More »

Hebrews 9:1-14

Locate the passage. In Hebrews 8 the author emphasized the discontinuity between the old and new covenants. In Hebrews 9 the author moves to show that there yet remains some continuity between the two covenants, albeit in a typological fashion. Genre Expositor... Read More »

Hebrews 8:1-13

Locate the passage. Hebrews 8:1–2 serves as a significant transition in the overall discourse of Hebrews. There is an immediate connection with the previous paragraph in 7:26–28 and also a thematic connection with what will follow through 10:18 Christ’s ... Read More »

Hebrews 7:1-28

Locate the Passage The longest doctrinal section of the epistle begins with Hebrews 7 and concludes at 10:18. In 7:1–28, the author carefully explains the relationship between Jesus and Melchizedek, which was introduced in 5:10 just before the lengthy warnin... Read More »

Hebrews 6:13-20

Locate the passage. Hebrews 6:20 concludes the major discourse section begun at 5:11 and resumes the topic of Christ’s high priesthood compared to Melchizedek of 5:10. This section is marked by “a formalized closure” with the exact repetition of the phra... Read More »

Hebrews 6:9-12

Locate the passage. With this encouragement found in Heb 6:9–12, the author concludes the unit he began at 5:11. This section comprises four paragraphs, alternating negative and positive, which creates a sense of balance in this warning passage. Hebrews 5:11... Read More »