Title

AUTHOR OF HEBREWS AS A LEADER OF THE FAITH COMMUNITY

Publication Date

6-2012

Abstract

In recent years some scholars undertook the study of leadership in the Bible by considering the backgrounds and the authors' intended messages in certain books of the NT. With this approach they attempted to bring out the essential characteristics of the biblical model for leadership.1 This method is in contrast to many writers who took the approach of employing the passages of Scriptures as prooftexts to support the lessons they learned from their ministry experiences, or the principles they borrowed from the social science in writing about Christian leadership.2 However, a survey of literature indicates that virtually no article or book is written on the topic of leadership in Hebrews.3 The author of Hebrews displays many leadership traits as the spiritual leader of the community to which he was writing. This essay will highlight some of the important characteristics of leadership that the author demonstrates from the book of Hebrews. Some implications from these leadership qualities will also be drawn. This arises from the conviction that the principles of the Scriptures derived from sound exegesis must be applied to contemporary issues that we face in our churches today.

Keywords

Christian leadership;

Publication Title

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Volume

55

Issue

2

First Page

365

Last Page

375

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