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A common thread connects the letters of the New Testament known as Hebrews, James, and 1 Peter: They portray their readers as sojourners or resident aliens. Written not by Paul but by other early Christian writers, these letters address people who have a sense of dislocation—people who live in society but are not fully integrated into it. This social dislocation largely stemmed from religious beliefs that differed from Judaism and from Roman religious practices. The letters we’ll consider here speak to that issue in different ways. The letter to the Hebrews calls on early Christians to keep the faith. The letter of James emphasizes integrity, and 1 Peter asks what belonging really means.