One feature of the letter to the Hebrews that you may have noticed during our current sermon series is how frequently the writer quotes the Old Testament. Although the Old Testament is often quoted in the rest of the New Testament, Hebrews still sticks out because of how much of its argument revolves around these quotations. Sometimes the way it is interpreting the Old Testament can seem weird. This past Sunday’s sermon regarding Melchizedek is a prime example of that. Here, in the heart of this book, is a discussion about an obscure Old Testament character who we know very little about. Yet he is seen by the writer as very important. Instances like this can make the New Testament’s use of the Old hard to follow. D.A. Carson, one of the premier New Testament scholars of today, has spent a lot of time thinking, speaking and writing about this subject. If you would like to explore further this feature of Hebrews and to hear what D.A. Carson, one of the premier New Testament scholars of today, has to say about it I would recommend a series of lectures he gave a few years ago at Union Theological Seminary. There are three lectures, each dealing with a different section from Hebrews.
1) How The Book of Hebrews Makes Use of Old Testament Passages – Psalm 2:7 and 2 Samuel 7:14 in Hebrews 1
3) How The Book of Hebrews Makes Use of Old Testament Passages – Genesis 14 and Psalm 110 in Hebrews 7
If you are interested in more D.A. Carson resources, check out the collection at the Gospel Coalition’s website.