Pardon me for a minute. I need to unload some pastor geek stuff.
We've been going through the book of Hebrews at Providence Church. The book has impressed me from a literary point of view. It is very Hebraic in that it contains so many chiasm.
As I've been going about my sermon prep I've found this article on the Chiastic Structure of the book of Hebrews quite fascinating. While I've been prepping and preaching I've noticed many chiasms along the way and have had an "exegetical hunch" that the whole book might be chiastically arranged. The above article simply fleshed it out a bit more in depth.
Here is my take on the chiastic structure of the book of Hebrews. It is interesting how the first 10 verses of chapter 5 develop its own chaistic arrangement.
I also find it is interesting how the 8th chapter, dealing with the New Covenant, is considered to be the central focus of the book. It is as if the author is saying, "Everything about Christ is superior to what is found in the OT. As a matter of fact, the whole point of the OT is that it was looking forward to a new and better covenant!, which can only be found in Christ."
I admit that this series of sermons in the book of Hebrews has been the most difficult series I've ever had to labor through. (No disrespect to the text or to the Lord, but I cannot wait to be done with it!). Nevertheless, it certainly has been quite interesting digging through the text.
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