Monday, April 8, 2013

The Church of God which Sojourns in Rome

First mention of Letter to the Hebrews (17 times) outside of the New Testament in Clemens of Rome's letter to the Corinthians (69 AD). This letter starts by emphasizing the phrase 'The Church of God which sojourns':
"The Church of God which sojourns in Rome to the Church of God which sojourns in Corinth, to those who are called and sanctified by the will of God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Grace and peace from Almighty God be multiplied unto you through Jesus Christ.
James Dennison briefly mentions Clemens letter in episode 2 of his lectures on the letter to the Hebrews. He argues that the meaning of 'Hebrews' in the title means 'sojourners' so that it actually reads like 'letter to the sojourners'.

 

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