The Relationship of Jewish and Gentile Believers to the Law Between A.D. 30 and 70 in the Scripture

7 of the later 1 first century believer. While a detailed exposition is beyond the scope of this exercise, I would like to trace the argument as it relates to the theme of the Law through the book in order to demonstrate that it is not only pervasive but also brings coherence to the argument, giving the best sense to the book as a whole. The Argument of Hebrews Although the word "better" is used frequently 2 in the book, many misunderstand the book as simply representing Christ and Christianity as better alternatives to Moses and Judaism. While this comparison may be valid, it is woefully lacking as a summary, and entirely misses the major point of the book. In the view of this writer the major focus of the book is upon the concept of revelation from God, rather than the person of Christ per se. Without doubt, Jesus has a major role to play in the giving of this revelation but it is the message, more than the messenger, which is ultimately critical to the argument. From the beginning of the book to its end, previous revelation is contrasted with the final revelation which is given in Christ. From this contrast the author draws two basic points. The first is fairly simple and basically hortatory in nature: greater revelation demands greater obedience . His second point is more complex and didactic as he announces that greater revelation mu t displace previous revelation. This is in reality the substance and ubject of hi argument and carrie the most weeping implications for his audience . Thu , m a entence , the me ag tatement of Hebrew .D . 64 . f. fu rth r di u 1 n 2 , ITTW n tim in th t m nt , th1rt n f ht h r f und H re