What kinds of persecutions was the audience of Hebrews facing?

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The original audience, to which the writer to the Hebrews wrote, was clearly facing a number of challenges. In the early part of the letter, the author is keen to demonstrate that Jesus is superior to even the greats of the Old Testament. Also, the letter goes on to talk a lot about the need to persevere and endure in the Christian life, and that happens by appropriating and realizing the supremacy of Christ, and his sustaining and motivating to the end, who, for the glory that was set before him endured the cross. That's the model that Christians follow. And also, you have that list of the greats in the past who had by faith persevered to the end. And that's what the Hebrew Christians need to be doing.

Answer by Rev. Dr. Simon Vibert

Rev. Dr. Simon Vibert is Senior Pastor of Christ Church Virginia Water, England, and the former Vice Principal and Director of the School of Preaching at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.