NTRO: Let me once more give the background to why this letter was written to the Hebrews. These Jewish people had become Christians, being persuaded that the te2ching regarding Jesus Christ as their Messiah was true. I expect that the evidence that He was resurrected would have played a big part in their conversion. So they have left Judaism, and have become part of the church where they were. But life has become more and more difficult. I think it is well possible that these believers were among those who had been driven out of Spain in AD 49 as recorded in Acts 18:1-2. These verses say this: 1 After these things Paul departed from Athens and went to Corinth.
2 And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla (because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome); and he came to them. Whether they moved back to Spain or stayed where they had settled, life has been difficult for them. All the while they rested on the hope that Jesus Christ would come back as they had been told He said He would. But things were difficult. Year after year went by and no deliverance. Remember, they had few if any NT books and individual people would have had none. They are in this small group of believers, and Judaism has many people and they are convinced that angels will come to deliver them and then the kingdom will come. This influence grows until the writer of this letter sees that they may drop their Christian faith and follow the teachings of Judaism with the hope that angels, not Jesus Christ will come to deliver them. So in these first two chapters the writer shows the pre-eminence of the Son of God o