What kinds of things can we learn about the author of Hebrews from the contents of his letter?

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It's obvious that the author of Hebrews is a pastor who loves the people to whom he's writing. He is deeply concerned that they maintain a persevering faith in their lives, and he's convinced that Jesus, being seen as supreme, is the primary thing they need to know, that he really is everything he said he was and worthy of their ultimate trust. And so, he cares deeply about these people. He realizes that Jesus' supremacy is the thing they need to know most, and he wants to make sure they get that. More than any other letter in the New Testament, this is a sermon, even more than a letter, and so he's also a preacher first and foremost.

Answer by Dr. K. Erik Thoennes

Dr. Erik Thoennes is Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Talbot School of Theology