1. Exposition

Does Heb. 2:6-8 apply to Jesus?

Hebrews 2:6–8 (ESV)

6 It has been testified somewhere, “What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him?

These words in the psalm about the glory of man, i.e., Adam and Eve and their descendants, will be explained by the author in Hebrews 2:9 as pertaining to Jesus. That should not tempt us to apply this to him already in verses 6–8 (as Grässer does1). Otherwise the text and interpretation become confused. Only in verse 9 is Psalm 8 focused on Jesus, while in verses 6–8 it is about man: before the fall everything was subject to Adam and Eve. It is first and foremost a word with an anthropological charge (the human being in God’s world) that will later be given a Christological meaning (S. Kistemaker,2 C. Blomberg3).4