Monday, February 21, 2022

4 Reasons that Suggest Hebrews was Written Before A.D. 70



The Apologetics Study Bible offers 4 reasons to believe that the Book of Hebrews was written prior to 70 A.D.

They are as follows:

"First, the author and his readers belonged to the second generation of Christians.  They neither saw nor heard Jesus in person (2:3).  Second, if the Timothy mentioned in 13:23 was Paul's younger associate, then the letter requires a date sometime during his lifetime.  Third, the reference to sacrifices in 10:1-2 seems to indicate sacrifices were still being offered.  Some point to the writer's use of the present tense to describe the sacrifices (7:8; 9:6-7, 9, 13:10) as evidence that the temple was still standing in Jerusalem.  Finally, the use of Hebrews in 1 Clement (36:1-6), a document usually dated around A.D. 95 or 96, shows that the author wrote it before this time.  To repeat, then, though a date anytime between A.D. 60-96 is possible for Hebrews, the book was likely written sometime prior to A.D. 70."1

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Footnotes:
1. The Apologetics Study Bible, Introduction to the Book of Hebrews, p. 1821.

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Saturday, February 19, 2022

Free E-Book - Faith Has Its Reasons by Kenneth D. Boa and Robert Bowman, Jr.


This series is a book co-authored by Kenneth D. Boa and Robert M. Bowman, Jr.   

It was originally found here.

Preface: Integrative Approaches to Defending the Christian Faith


1. What is Apologetics?

2. A Brief History of Apologetics

3. Issues and Methods In Apologetics

4. Classical Apologetics: It Stands to Reason

5. Classical Apologetics: A Reasonable Faith

6. The Rationality of the Christian Worldview


7. Apologetics and the Limits of Reason


8. Evidentialist Apologetics: Just the Facts

9. Evidentialist Apologetics: Faith Founded on Fact

10. Presenting Evidence That Demands a Verdict

11. Apologetics and the Interpretation of Fact

12. Reformed Apologetics: God Said It

13. Reformed Apologetics: Christianity in Conflict

14. Taking Every Thought Captive

15. Apologetics and the Authority of Revelation

16. Fideist Apologetics: By Faith Alone

17. Fideist Apologetics: Reasons of the Heart

18. Calling People to Encounter God in Jesus Christ

19. Apologetics and the Subjectivity of Faith

20. Integrative Approaches to Apologetics

21. Contending for the Faith: Apologetics and Human Knowledge

22. Reasons for Hope: Integrating Diverse Arguments in Apologetics

23. Speaking the Truth in Love: Perspectives on Apologetics

For more great Bible resources, go here.  Learn more about Kenneth Boa here and Robert Bowman here.

To order a hard copy of the book, go here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad