163: Jesus, the Great High Priest (NT Gospel Doctrine 37)

Jesus Christ: “The Author and Finisher of Our Faith”


The author of Hebrews presents to us a Jesus both unfamiliar and compelling–within the context of Judaism, but greater than Judaism: Jesus is an ideal High Priest, serving in the heavenly temple. Jesus serves with empathy and caring, and the author urges us to do good and remain faithful.


Class Member Reading: Hebrews

Additional Reading: Hebrews 6; 12–13; Bible Dictionary, “Pauline Epistles: Epistle to the Hebrews,” 746–47.

Scripture Chain: Hebrews 11:1–6; James 2:14–18; 1 Nephi 7:12; Alma 32:21; Ether 12:6; D&C 63:10–11


You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF).

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF).



00:00  Introduction
02:58 Episode layout
04:47 Fundraising pitch
Sunday School
06:01 Framing of Hebrews
06:25 Two-minute take home
09:06 Outline of reading
12:56 Hebrews 1
15:57 Hebrews 2
20:28 Hebrews 3
23:04 Hebrews 4
26:38 Hebrews 5
29:37 Hebrews 6
34:41 Hebrews 7
39:28 Hebrews 8
42:28 Hebrews 9
48:13 Hebrews 10
55:15 Hebrews 11
01:02:50 Hebrews 12
01:10:01 Hebrews 13
01:15:04 Scripture chain
01:18:35 Limitations of repentance
01:21:06 “Provoke each other to love and good deeds” (10:24)
01:22:15 Jesus as compassionate High Priest
Scripture Study
01:23:09 Authorship of Hebrews
01:27:36 Commentary of chapter 9:1-10
01:34:00 Book recommendations: Harper Collins (NRSV) and ESV
Study Notes
01:36:22 In groups, out groups, empathy, and imagination
01:38:51 Provoking to love and good deeds (context and behavioral economics)



Past Episodes:

024: Ether 7-15 (Book of Mormon 46) 

033: First Gospel Principles & Ordinances (D&C 7)

127: Faith in Jesus Christ (NT Lesson 1) 

Book Recommendations

Harper Collins Study Bible 

ESV Study Bible

Resources about the Jewish Background of Hebrews

Nudge, a book about how context influences our decisions

Dan Ariely, Our Buggy Moral Code 

Frans de Waal, Moral Behavior in Animals



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