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respond to 2 of the following questions with a response of 400-420 words each. Consider these questions with the information in your textbooks in mind (Textbook reading listed below), but feel free to use other sources as needed to add to the conversation. Please interact closely with the required reading. Please do not spilt up the question in efforts to respond. Print each question above your response. Please watch all grammatical errors!

Required Books and Reading:

Cockerill, Gareth. L. The Epistle to the Hebrews (New International Commentary on the New Testament). Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2012. ISBN: 9780802824929.
Reading: pp. 345–460

Guthrie, George. Hebrews: The NIV Application Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1998. ISBN: 9780310493907.
Reading: pp. 277–339

Wright, Tom. Hebrews for Everyone, 2nd ed. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 2004. ISBN: 9780664227937.
Reading: pp. 81–114

1. In what sense was the Law a “shadow” (10:1)? What are the “good things to come” in 10:1? Explain the benefit of animal sacrifices according to Hebrews 10:1–18. Contrast the sacrifice of Jesus to the animal sacrifices of the Temple. How is the sacrifice of Christ superior to animal sacrifices? How is Jesus’ high priestly role different from the priests in the Temple? To what and to whom does Hebrews 10:14 refer? How can Christians today relate this information to their lives?

2. List and define the 2 weaknesses of the old Levitical system as mentioned in Hebrews 9:6–10. List and define how Jesus as priest and sacrifice is described as superior in 9:11–15. Compare and contrast the 2 systems. How is Jesus superior to the old system? What does Jesus accomplish that cannot be accomplished within the limitations of the old system? What does it mean that a Christian can have his conscience purified from dead works? What are “dead works”? What is a “mediator” and how does this role fit in the concept of covenant? What impact should this material have on Christian life today?

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