The Speaking God in Hebrews 1 and Early Christianity

Hebrews 1:5-14 contains a network of texts brought together to assert the theological argument of Christ’s superiority over the angels. While many have provided exegetical analysis of this string of texts, few have sufficiently examined why the author of Hebrews chose these particular passages. In order to defend his theological agenda, the author of Hebrews appeals to specific Old Testament passages that record the direct speech of God. The unique choice of texts in Heb 1 reveals a strategy of early Christian exegesis that gravitated toward particular Old Testament accounts that record divine speech. This preference for divine speech is also evident in the theological exegesis of the second century fathers including Justin, Irenaeus, and others. This paper will explore this hallmark of early Christian interpretation of the Old Testament evidenced by the author of Hebrews and other early Christian exegetes that appeals to the direct discourse of God in support their theological claims.