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11.1–12.2 :

A cloud of witnesses to faith. A series of examples of models of faith from the Hebrew Bible,culminating in the example of Jesus in 12.1–2 .

1:

The Gk word translated assurance has an objectivequality and might be translated “reality.” Likewise, conviction has the connotation of “evidence.” Thepeople of faith who follow all possess insight into the reality of the invisible divine world.

3:

Ps 33.6; Wis9.1 .

4:

Gen 4.3–10 .

5:

Gen 5.21–24 .

6:

A general axiom referring to the existence and moral governmentof God.

7:

Noah, Gen 6.13–22 . Righteousness, Gen 15.6 .

8–9:

Gen 12.1–8 .

10:

The city, the heavenlyJerusalem. Foundations, contrasted with tents (v. 9 ).

11:

In some manuscripts, Sarah is the subject of thesentence: “By faith, Sarah received the power of procreation …” Sarah's faith in the unseen is parallelto Abraham's, and she is one of the heroic people of faith. Gen 17.19; 18.11–14; 21.2 .

12:

Gen 15.5–6;22.17; 32.12; Rom 4.19 .

16:

A city, see v. 10n.

17:

Gen 22.1–10 .

18:

Gen 21.12 .

19:

Abraham receivedIsaac back when he was told to offer a ram instead of his son (Gen 22.13 ).

20:

Gen 27.27–29,39–40 .

21:

Gen 48; 47.31 (Septuagint).

22:

Gen 50.24–25; Ex 13.19 .

23:

Ex 2.2; 1.22 .

24–27:

Ex 2.10–15 .

26:

Abuse suffered for the Christ (cf. 13.13 ); see also Ps 89.52 where “the anointed one” refers to the peopleof God.

27:

Him who is invisible, Jn 1.18; Col 1.15; 1 Tim 1.17; 6.16 .

28:

Sprinkling of blood, on thelintels and doorposts. See Ex 12.21–30 .

29:

Ex 14.21–31 .

30:

Josh 6.12–21 .

31:

Rahab, Josh 2.1–21;6.22–25 . Rahab is referred to as a hero in Mt 1.5; Jas 2.25; 1 Clem 12 .

32:

Gideon, Judg 6–8 ; Barak, Judg 4–5 ; Samson, Judg 13–16; Jephthah, Judg 11–12 ; David, 1 Sam 16–30 ; 2 Sam 1–24 ; 1 Kings 1.1–2.11 ; Samuel, 1 Sam 1–12 ; 15.1–16.13 .

33:

Lions, Dan 6 .

34:

Fire, Dan 3 .

35:

Resurrection, 1 Kings17.17–24; 2 Kings 4.25–37 ; tortured, 2 Macc 7.9,14 .

37:

2 Chr 24.20–22; Jer 26.23; 2 Macc 5.27;6.12–7.42 .

38:

Caves, 2 Macc 6.11; 10.6 .

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