Letter to the Hebrews
- The Letter to the Hebrews
At Beit Netzarim Congregation in Hurst Texas each Sabbath I am
teaching an in-depth Scripture Study class. This is a Beit-Midrash style
class going line by line together through books of the "New Testament"
from the original Hebrew and Aramaic texts.
Beginning December 4th at Beit Netzarim Congregation our Beit-Midrash
class will begin a line by line study of the Letter to the Hebrews.
This class has been very exciting. This may be the first time in 1,600
years that a Nazarene Community has studied Hebrews together line by line
from the original Hebrew.
Although the Greek version of the Epistle to the Hebrews has become the
standard text used in Christendom, the "Church Fathers" of Christendom
openly admitted that the Letter to the Hebrews had been originally written
in Hebrew and was later translated into Greek.
Eusebius in the fourth century referred to a now lost writing by Clement
of Alexandria wrote around the year 200 C.E. which Eusebius cites as
In the work called Hypotyposes, to sum up
the matter briefly he [Clement of Alexandria]
has given us the abridged accounts of all
the canonical Scriptures, the Epistle to the Hebrews he
asserts was written by Paul, to the Hebrews,
in the Hebrew tongue; but that it was carefully
translated by Luke, and published among the Greeks.
(Clement of Alexandria; Hypotyposes (c. 200 CE)
referred to by Eusebius in Eccl. Hist. 6:14:2)
And Eusebius himself testifies:
For as Paul had addressed the Hebrews
in the language of his country; some say
that the evangelist Luke, others that Clement,
translated the epistle.
(Eusebius (4th Cent.); Eccl. Hist. 3:38:2-3)
Finally Jerome writes of Hebrews:
He (Paul) being a Hebrew wrote in Hebrew,
that is, his own tongue and most fluently
while things which were eloquently written
in Hebrew were more eloquently turned into Greek.
(Jerome (4th Cent.); Lives of Illustrious Men, Book V)
Now as many of you may know, in 1537 Munster had published Hebrew Matthew
which he had obtained from the Jews (this Hebrew text was very similar to
the Hebrew Matthew published in 1553 by Jean DuTillet). Twenty years
later, in 1557, a second edition of Munsters Hebrew Matthew was printed,
this time also containing the complete Hebrew text of the Letter to the
Hebrews in an appendix. This second edition went largely unnoticed and
The lost Hebrew text of Hebrews has only recenty been "rediscovered" as
this second 1557 edition of Munsters Hebrew Matthew has come to our
This is a line by line study of Hebrews from the Original Hebrew as well
as the Aramaic and Greek versions. We have the actual Hebrew text of
Hebrews out as well as the Aramaic and Greek versions to consult as we go.
We will be demonstrating the use of standard forms of midrashic exegesis
as well as the use of the Seven rules of Hillel in The Letter to the
Hebrews and how these help us to understand what the author is trying to
If you are in or near the Dallas/Fort Worth area we would love to have you
join us in our study of Hebrews, and in our worship service as well.
The Schedule for Beit Netzarim Congregation:
(Meeting on Saturdays)
3:00-4:00 PM Scripture Study Class:
Line by Line through Hebrews
4:00-6:00 PM PM Worship Service
Join us this Saturday in our new storefront location:
542 West Pipeline Road in Hurst Texas
Directions: Exit Airport freeway in Hurst at the Pipeline/Glenview exit.
Turn North onto Pipeline Road (the other direction would be Glenview). We
are meeting near the corner of Hurstview and Pipeline in the Val-Oaks
shopping center (left side of the Road).
Visit our website at http://www.beitnetzarim.com