What is meant by “self-definition,” and
how did early Christians, in general, define themselves?
Who wrote the book of Hebrews and to
whom did he write?
How is Christ portrayed as superior to
the Jewish religion in Hebrews? What are the two ways that the author uses the
Jewish Scriptures to show Jesus’ superiority? Why does the author want to
stress Jesus’ superiority to his readers?
Why were some early Christians
persecuted? Try to look at Christians from the Roman point of view. Why, from
that perspective, would Christians deserve to be punished?
How does the context of persecution help
to explain the message of 1 Peter?
What are the overarching themes of 1
Does it seem Peter wrote 1 Peter? Why or
In your opinion, should either Hebrews
or Barnabas be thought of as anti-Semitic? How, when, and why did strong
anti-Jewish sentiments arise in early Christianity?
Why might early Christians be accused of
disrupting the family?