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Bible Commentaries

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts


- Hebrews

by Editor - William Robertson Nicoll

The Epistle to the Hebrews

The Epistle to the Hebrews is just such a performance as might naturally have come from an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures; in whom the intelligence, and the powers of combining, type-finding, and expounding, somewhat dominated the religious perceptions. The Epistle to the Hebrews is full of beauty and power; and what may be called the exterior conduct of its argument is as able and satisfying as Paul's exterior conduct of his argument is generally embarrassed. Its details are full of what is edifying.

Matthew Arnold, in St. Paul and Protestantism.

The object of the Epistle to the Hebrews was to prove the superiority of the Christian religion; the object of the Epistle to the Romans to prove its necessity.


I cherish the thought of the richness there was in the first days of the Church, when even the writer of such an Epistle as this should be a forgotten man.