Hebrews 8:4 Index
"For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: "
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". . . if He were on earth . . ."

  • The author is thinking of the time of writing, at which time the Temple was presumably still standing. (7BC 444)

" . . . He should not be a priest . . ."

  • The rules of the Levitical priesthood were strictly enforced, and if Christ was on earth, He would not be able to qualify. Only those of the tribe of Levi were eligible, and Christ belonged to the tribe of Judah. He was an independent and heavenly priesthood, after the order of Melchisedec. (7BC 444)

" . . . priests that offer . . . "

  • This statement is an argument in favor of dating the writing of this book before the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in A.D. 70. (7BC 445)

" . . . according to the law."

  • That is, the system of law instituted at Sinai. (7BC 445)