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Presentation Summary : The Book of Hebrews addresses three basic groups in the Jewish Community: Group 1- Hebrew Christians, a congregation of true believers in Jesus Christ who were From this frame and from these ideas, I am of the belief that these Christian Jews were aware of both First and Second temple doctrines, beliefs, and symbols. Besides, what is said of the practice of catechizing in the sixth chapter, does not well suit the time or age of Paul. Chapter 6. Helaman 3 Ne. Theme. These believers are swimming upstream in the world, in the watery chaos as it were, and need some kind of boost to their faith. that were available to Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery, Martin Harris and others before the publication of the Book of Mormon. 2 John. Ø It is an inspired description of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God and our Great High Priest. Chapter 2. It is claimed that a 19th century work by Ethan Smith, View of the Hebrews, provided source material for Joseph Smith's construction of the Book of Mormon. 2. Roberts privately researched the link between the Book of Mormon, the View of the Hebrews, Joseph’s father having the same dream in 1811 as Lehi’s dream, etc. Hebrews 9:1-10, the better sanctuary. 6:1 â¦ not leavingÂ â¦. Revelation. As time went on people in and out of the Church heard about this comparison compiled by Roberts and was circulated amongst several groups. The Book of Mormon is a sacred text of the Latter Day Saint movement, which, according to Latter Day Saint theology, contains writings of ancient prophets who lived on the American continent from approximately 2200 BC to AD 421. The First Temple religion of Israel was centered around the belief that the King and Queen represented God, and that the king was not only God’s representative, but that he ruled in the stead of God, that he was “the son of God”… we see some of these ideas represented in Hebrews through the anointing and the references to Melchizedek, king of Salem. Now certainly I have had conversations with individuals who say that Hebrews sounds nothing like Paul. Rather the text of Hebrews said that all of the systems of sacrifice that the Jews are used to doing are inferior to Jesus Christ. One such passage is found in Hebrews 11:1–34, which gives a list of many people in the Old Testament and all that they were able to do “by faith” while affirming that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” "In Come Follow Me Commentary: The New Testament, 1143-1173.Springville, UT: Book of Mormon Central, 2019. The whole book of Hebrews negates that idea and supports what Paul says in Galatians 3:24-27 Therefore the law was our tutor (custodian, school bus driver) to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. Hebrews teaches that the priesthood named after Melchizedek is greater than the Aaronic Priesthood, and it shows that salvation is found not in the law of Moses or in the ordinances administered by Levitical priests but in Jesus Christ and the ordinances of the Melchizedek … This is done, principally, by showing its superiority to the Mosaic system. It just wouldn’t have happened. 7 Again, he a limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will b hear his voice, c harden not your hearts. Bookmarks Edit. Reading Materials Lynne Hilton Wilson, "Hebrews 7-13," Come Follow Me: The New Testament, 2019. 8 For if a Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. These people are in a difficult circumstance – they are in the minority, from the text it seems as if they are getting all kinds of opposition to their faith from within the Jewish community, and are considering abandoning their faith in Jesus. 12. We can make some good guesses as to when this was written based upon who we think it was written to. LDS Historian and apostle Brigham Henry Roberts (B. H. Roberts) conducted an exhaustive comparison and analysis of these two books and concluded there is merit to this criticism. Mormon Ether Ether Moro. As the Great High Priest of the Melchizedek … 7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs ameet for them by whom it is bdressed, receiveth blessing from God: 8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto acursing; whose end is to be burned. Using the book of Hebrews as a launching pad, we compared and contrasted Jesus to Moses (the prototype prophet), to the Levitical sacrificial system (including Priesthood, Sacrifice, Law, and Covenant), and to Israel’s kings, particularly David. What do you tell them? Roberts privately researched the link between the Book of Mormon, the View of the Hebrews, Joseph’s father having the same dream in 1811 as Lehi’s dream, etc. Finding the male name Alma in a record about descendants early Hebrews now must be viewed not as a reason for mocking the Book of Mormon, but as a reason to take it seriously. Ethan Smith's View of the Hebrews, published seven years before the Book of Mormon is thought to be source material for Joseph Smith's Book of Mormon. The internal evidence presented by the book of Hebrews itself indicates an author other than Paul. Jeremy Punt, Hebrews, thought pattern and context: Aspects of the background of Hebrews. Ø It is a book about faith. "Teaching the Scriptural Emphasis on the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ." Alleged relationships of View of the Hebrews to the Book of Mormon have attracted interest periodically through the years. It makes sense that this was written before the Roman general Titus comes in with his armies and 70 A.D. and rips up the temple in Jerusalem. See what's new with book lending at the Internet Archive. It is difficult to imagine that these Christians would have been tempted to join sides with a group that has been completely decimated, taken out of power, had their temple destroyed, and been totally scattered. 10. Early Mormon Apostle Orson Pratt made a statement concerning the Book of Mormon: "The Book of Mormon must be either true or false. Sources of the Book of Mormon. Was following Jesus really the right call after all? 1830 – Book of Mormon. Do you struggle with “walking by faith” at times? In 1927 the well respected LDS historian BH Roberts wrote a letter to LDS Apostle Richard R. Lyman with a laundry list of concerns he had with the Book of Mormon stating his conviction the prophet had ‘borrowed’ from Ethan Smith’s work, View of the Hebrews. 1 Peter 2 Pet. Let us go on to perfectionâThe sons of perdition crucify Christ anewâGod swears with an oath that the faithful will be saved. Would you like updates when content is posted? Book of Mormon plagiarism accusations Summary: Joseph Smith is often accused of creating the Book of Mormon by plagiarizing various contemporary sources such as the Spalding Manuscript or Ethan Smith's View of the Hebrews. 7, Other scholars from antiquity such as Thomas Aquinas examined Hebrews from the perspective of Luke having been the translator from Hebrew into Greek. that were available to Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery, Martin Harris and others before the publication of the Book of Mormon. 6 If they shall afall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they bcrucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open cshame. Today we will briefly examine the text of the book of Hebrews in the New Testament and what we think is going on this text. The book of Hebrews is one of the few places in the Bible where we can read about the prophet Melchizedek (see Hebrews 5). Enter your email to subscribe and receive notifications of new content. 2 Peter 1 Jn. Numerous commentators on Mormon history, from LDS Church general authority B. H. Roberts to Fawn M. Brodie, biographer of Joseph Smith, have noted similarities in the content of View of the Hebrews and the Book … Criticisms related to View of the Hebrews and the Book of Mormon. Point 8 “There was a book published in 1823 Vermont entitled View of the Hebrews.”  It contains around 57,000 words. In 1927 the well respected LDS historian BH Roberts wrote a letter to LDS Apostle Richard R. Lyman with a laundry list of concerns he had with the Book of Mormon stating his conviction the prophet had ‘borrowed’ from Ethan Smith’s work, View of the Hebrews. This is surely an odd way of stating matters if, as the LDS Church teaches, Melchizedek was actually a priest after the order of Jesus! 9 But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. 11. It is from First temple texts that we read of things like the idea that man may ascend into the presence of God, that he may “become a son of God,” (Psalm 2, Psalm 110). Angels are servants of God, but Jesus Christ is His Son. Nevertheless, there is no evidence that Joseph Smith ever knew anything about this book. 1. Richard D. Draper is an Emeritus Professor of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University (1988 to 2010). Gospel Principles, an official book of the LDS Church, states that God the Father was a mortal on another earth the same as Jesus Christ was, and like Jesus was resurrected. 1 Therefore aleaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto bperfection; not laying again the foundation of crepentance from dead works, and of faith toward God. And when we look through the book of Hebrews, we recognize that the Christians at that time were up against some really difficult odds. Christ, the Sinless One, is our only valid representative before the throne of God. One such passage is found in Hebrews 11:1–34 , which gives a list of many people in the Old Testament and all that they were able to do “by faith” while affirming that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Chapter 11. 5 And have atasted the good word of God, and the powers of the bworld to come. Another possible author of this text is Apollos. John Hilton III. Chapter 12. And so the argument of scholarship (and there is quite a bit of ink spilled on this) is “when was Hebrews written?” What’s going on? In each of these offices we saw hints of inherent incompleteness and prophetic foreshadowing of Christ. Christ’s priesthood is above the Aaronic or Levitical Priesthood (Hebrews 4.14-7.28), and the sanctuary of the Old Testament as well as the offerings of the ancient priests (Hebrews 8.1-10.39). These Jewish Christians were tempted to return to their Jewish beliefs or to the beliefs of their ancestors. 16 For men verily swear by the greater: and an aoath for confirmation is to them an end of all bstrife. It was first published in March 1830 by Joseph Smith as The Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi. This understanding, trust and faithfulness of pistis leads to repentance and baptism and more covenants. 1 Therefore we ought to give the more a earnest b heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. Downloads Female Voice (MP3) Male Voice (MP3) Entire Book (PDF) Text Settings. Joseph's Plagiarism in Book of Mormon and Other Revelations. Criticisms related to View of the Hebrews and the Book of Mormon. DNA evidence conflicts with Book of Mormon; Joseph Smith. There is one BETTER that I deliberately left out. JSTÂ Heb. Jesus Christ is superior. The colored dots at the end of each source denotes LDS friendly •, Neutral •, and Critical •. And yes, he did claim to be the “author” in the first version of the book. Shop Deseret Book's Black Friday deals all week long LDS Living Staff - Black Friday Week is here and we've got some awesome deals from Deseret Book ! Paul Y. The book of Hebrews is a rich book of instruction - about who Jesus Christ is, and how important our response to Him is. Now there’s also a sub text here too in the book, to these Christians, their world is one of two ideologies struggling for supremacy – First and Second temple Judaism. Calvin said, “I indeed can deduce no reason to show that Paul was its author for they who say that he designedly suppressed his name because it was hateful to the Jews, bring nothing to the purpose. 2 Peter. Hebrews James James 1 Pet. ; Jesus serves as our mediator to the Father. TGÂ Holy Ghost, Unpardonable Sin against; Jesus Christ, Crucifixion of. Religious Educator, 20 (3): 133-153 (2019). Who was Hebrews written to? 11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same adiligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: 12 That ye be not aslothful, but followers of them who through bfaith and cpatience inherit the dpromises. 2 John 3 Jn. I especially find the arguments of Hebrews profound as I have come to understand the importance of First and Second Temple religion, and how these ideas are compared and contrasted in Hebrews 7. All of the details of the Mosaic system are laid out in such a way in the author’s argument to accentuate the fact that he understood the temple of Jesus’ day (see Hebrews 9). Hebrews 12:9 and the Mormon Doctrine of Preexistence The Book of Hebrews and the Joseph Smith Translation Several changes to the book of Hebrews in Joseph Smith’s “translation” reflect Smith’s lack of understanding of the Bible. As one example, nothing in the View of the Hebrews explains the rich Semitic complexity of the Book of Mormon. Designed using Unos Premium. Print. 10 For God is not aunrighteous to forget your work and blabour of clove, which ye have shewed toward his dname, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. Themes in the Book of Hebrews . Hebrews could be called "the book of better things" since the two Greek words for "better" and "superior" occur 15 times in the letter. 4 Nephi Morm. In Acts 15, the Judaisers prompted the “Jerusalem Council” by insisting that Gentile believers be baptized and keep the law. The argument of Hebrews is as follows: Jesus Christ is superior to the prophets (Hebrews 1.1-3), to the angels (Hebrews 1.4-2.18) and even superior to the great prophet Moses (Hebrews 3.1-6). The entire text uses Jewish ideas and motifs to illustrate how they fit in with the narrative of Jesus taking us back into the presence of God. The claim has been made before, and has recently been raised again, that Joseph Smith specifically copied the main structure and many details in the Book of Mormon from Ethan Smith’s 1823 View of the Hebrews. The few Hebraisms that Ethan Smith thought tied Native Americans to the ancient Hebrews are strangely absent from the Book of Mormon. Jesus was Jewish, his followers were Jewish, and so essentially what we have here is a group of Christians that are wavering in their faith, wondering if it is the right thing to follow Jesus. I find it safe to say this text was written and disseminated prior to 90 AD. The recipients of this text seem to be, as they are called in the title of the document, the Hebrews. This document contains a closely knit argument or discussion where it is essentially trying to exhort the audience not to give up on their faith in Christ and to illustrate why Christianity is so vital to not only their salvation, but to understanding their Hebrew background. Who said yes and who said no to the question, “Hebrews in Prehistoric America?” “Absolutely”, says Richard Moats Ordained Evangelist in the Church of Jesus Christ International. Joseph Smith restores this ancient meaning of pistis that was replaced by The Rule of Faith in the third century (merely agreeing with the church and thereby having faith) and much later sola fide (faith is a mystical, inner emotional gift that God only gives to the chosen that automatically saves them–a born again experience beginning with Augustine!). Joseph Smith authored the Book of Mormon in 1830. 9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 15 And so, after he had patiently aendured, he obtained the promise. Night. A purported ancient text? So we have this notion that Christianity comes out of Judaism, and that Christians really step aside from their Jewish neighbors right at 70 A.D. with the destruction of the temple. Hide Footnotes. In this letter, the two Greeks words for “better” and “superior” occur 15 times. “To the Hebrews” was known to Clement (35-99 AD), who was bishop of Rome in the 90’s AD, so this book represents the situation in the earliest years of the Christian movement. Let’s talk about The View of the Hebrews. The LDS teaching turns the argument of Hebrews 5-7 on its head. When we think about the book of Hebrews, we need to understand that it was a letter. This book is a faithful and accurate reproduction of the 1825 second edition of View of the Hebrews. Hebrews 11. Only the Book of Mormon contains lengthy and complicated uses of Hebrew poetic forms like chiasmus. 17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his acounsel, bconfirmed it by an coath: 18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to alie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for brefuge to lay hold upon the chope set before us: 19 Which hope we have as an aanchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the bveil; 20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an ahigh priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. Logic tells us that if the author was writing post 70 A.D. that he would simply cite this as the reason that Judaism had failed. The Book of Mormon is filled with many contradictions. 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