The Message of Hebrews
The Message of Hebrews
  • Length: 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: May 18, 2021
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-2504-2
  • Item Code: 2504

The first-century readers of Hebrews were at a critical point. Many had been exposed to public ridicule, persecution, and imprisonment. Some had already abandoned their commitment to Christ, and others were in danger of compromising or giving up. The letter to the Hebrews brought a profound encouragement and appeal: they must keep their eyes on Christ and remain anchored in the truth.

In this Bible Speaks Today volume, Raymond Brown guides readers passage by passage through Hebrews, exploring historical background, key themes, and applications for today. While some find Hebrews one of the most puzzling of the New Testament books—with its references to animal sacrifices and ancient Israelite customs—Brown identifies a timeless message that remains strikingly relevant in each generation. As Hebrews celebrates the uniqueness of Christ, it clarifies Christians' priorities and our only hope for faithful endurance.

This revised edition of a classic Bible Speaks Today volume includes updated language and Scripture quotations and a new interior design.


General preface
Author’s preface
Chief abbreviations

Part 1: God’s Son
1. The majestic Christ (1:1–3)
2. Superior to the angels (1:4–14)
3. The danger of drifting (2:1–4)
4. Christ our pioneer (2:5–13)
5. Christ our liberator (2:14–18)
6. Christ our apostle (3:1–6)
7. Firm to the end (3:7 – 4:13)
8. A great high priest (4:14 – 5:10)
9. Pastoral problems (5:11 – 6:8)
10. Confident of better things (6:9–20)

Part 2: Christ’s work
11. That intriguing man Melchizedek (7:1–19)
12. A superior priesthood (7:20–28)
13. The heavenly sanctuary (8:1–5)
14. The better covenant (8:6 – 9:14)
15. The eternal legacy (9:15–22)
16. The unique sacrifice (9:23 – 10:18)

Part 3: Our response
17. A call to steadfast hope (10:19–39)
18. Faith: its meaning and its heroes (11:1–16)
19. Faith in hard times (11:17–32)
20. Unknown conquerors and sufficient strength (11:33–40)
21. Consider him (12:1–3)
22. The correction we need (12:4–11)
23. What to do next (12:12–17)
24. Then and now (12:18–29)
25. Pastoral exhortations (13:1–16)
26. Honouring the church’s leaders (13:17–21)
27. Closing salutations (13:22–25)

Study guide


Raymond Brown was formerly principal of Spurgeon's College in London, England, and he has also served in several pastorates. He is the author of Philosophy of Religion, Why Believe?, and several volumes in IVP's Bible Speaks Today series.