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The Oxford Bible Commentary Line-by-line commentary for the New Revised Standard Version Bible.

Addressees.

The greeting from ‘those from Italy’ ( 13:24 ) suggests that the intended recipients of the work's written form were also ‘Italians’. It is possible that they were a community, military or mercantile, located outside the homeland, but it is more likely that they were in Italy itself, where Hebrews is known by the end of the first century. Paul's epistle to the Romans indicates that by approximately 55 CE a Christian congregation flourished in the capital. This community, or some portion of it, could have been the intended recipients of the homily.

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