Hebrews was written to those familiar with the Old Testament, who faced persecution for their faith but were becoming lax in their growth as Christians. They needed encouragement to not forsake their new life in Christ and return to Judaism to avoid persecution. James also wrote to a Jewish-Christian audience, offering pastoral advice to Christians who lived outside of Jerusalem. James quickly jumps from one subject to another, addressing practical issues rather than setting down theological doctrine.
- Title: Holman New Testament Commentary: Hebrews & James
- Author: Thomas Lea
- Publisher: Broadman & Holman
- Publication Date: 1999
- Pages: 363
About Thomas Lea
Thomas Lea is dean of the School of Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Ft. Worth, Texas. He is the author of The New Testament: Its Background and Message. He has also written articles for the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Criswell Theological Review.