Introductions are always difficult. For the author and the listener. Some give you too much in a short time, leaving you without a clear overview. Others, too little. This one gives you a great overview and leaves you wanting more. That's how a great introduction should be: it helps you understand the work and makes you want to study it more. A very knowledgeable intro, but clear and easy for everyone.
Dr. Smith does a great job giving an overview that is very intriguing, but not too erudite for the average layman. Loved it.
This is truly a high-quality course in scripture. I got only a few minutes into it when I paused, got a notebook, my Bible and set aside some undivided time to soak in the knowledge. Wonderful course - highly recommend!
A Great Cloud of Witnesses: An Introduction to the Letter to the Hebrews
This short talk was phenomenal, eye-opening and is a great guide. I cannot wait to delve into the book of Hebrews because till now I have been a bit daunted by it . Could Dr. Smith and Catholic Productions consider doing an in depth study of Hebrews? It would be a very welcome addition for our study of scripture.
1 hour 54 min. (2 CD / MP3)
What would Jewish priests in the first century have thought of Jesus and his priestly ministry? In a word—not much; at least, until they encountered the inspired Letter to the Hebrews. The priestly audience of this NT epistle, though small in number, would have had an enormous influence upon in the spread of the Gospel, given their influence in Judaism, and in the life of the Jerusalem Temple. Hebrews was likely written to just such a group of skeptical Jewish priests—to persuade them to leave the old Temple, “made with hands,” and to embrace the new Temple, and eternal priesthood of Jesus Christ.
Far from being a study locked in antiquity, this engaging series will open up new vistas of spirituality and worship for today’s Catholic believer. Open your Bible to Hebrews and join Dr. Steven Smith on the winding road that leads to “So Great a Cloud of Witnesses.”