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Do We Need Extrabiblical Texts to Understand the Bible? // Ask Pastor John

A video published by Desiring God on August 7th, 2020

Extrabiblical sources can help fill in some details of our Bible study, but all the gold we need to mine for life and godliness is in our English Bibles. Today we have a very specific question, but one that I think draws attention to much larger questions we all face with Bible interpretation. The specific question on the table is this: Why does the author of Hebrews belabor Christ’s supremacy over angels? It comes in from a young man. “Pastor John, hello! Why do you think the writer of Hebrews spends so much time declaring that Jesus is greater than the angels? This is especially the case in the first two chapters. You would think that identifying Jesus as God and expounding upon the Trinity would be a better way of declaring the truth of Jesus’s greatness, so that the writer of Hebrews wouldn’t need to compare Jesus to angels. The emphasis on angels is for a reason; I just cannot figure out why.” Pastor John, what would you say? Read or listen to this interview at our website: https://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/do-we-need-extrabiblical-texts-to-understand-the-bible Find other recent and popular Ask Pastor John episodes: https://www.desiringgod.org/ask-pastor-john

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