Who Do You Think Wrote The Epistle to the Hebrews?
Who do you think was the author of the Book of Hebrews, in the New Testament? And, what are the reasons why you believe they are the author?
Authorship of this particular correspondence to the Hebrews has long been attributed to the apostle Paul. It absolutely was regarded as an epistle of Paul by early authors. Notably, the Chester Beatty Papyrus No . 2 ( P46 ) ( of about 200 C .E . ) includes Hebrews among nine of Paul’s texts, moreover Hebrews is outlined among “fourteen letters of Paul the apostle” in “The Canon of Athanasius,” of the fourth century C .E .
Many scholars dispute Pauline authorship, but you can't deny that their is similar style, phraseology, and message. But there are also some very big differences. No one knows for certain. About the time I think it's Paul, then I go back to maybe not. The difference could be his audience. Most of his epistles are to gentiles. This one is to the Jews, so it makes sense that he would write differently and with different emphasis and themes. Then again, in his epistles to the gentiles, he always identified himself as the author.
"Although a few people today believe Paul wrote Hebrews, such as theologian R.C. Sproul, contemporary scholars generally reject Pauline authorship." Besides, Pauline never would have authored such a text in the 2nd century. It was a sexist time. (:
If not Paul, do you speculate on who might have written it?
Tradition has it that was the Apostle Paul but other writers have been suggested including Barnabas ans Apollos. Personally I would say Apollos and agree with Martin Luther
The reason is that the writing is more eloquent than Paul's other letters so it's possibly not him but I can't see bananas writing Hebrews chapter six. Apollos had the theological training and was gifted as a communicator. He could have,penned the words but it was the Holy Spirit that authored the book
Is there an example of Apollos' writings, we could compare to? When you say the Holy Spirit authored the book, you mean the Bible in general or the book of Hebrews specifically?
There's no writings from Apollos that we know of. But what we know of him is that he was articulate and had a good knowledge of the scriptures. Mine's only a personal opinion and i might mention it's what I think but i wouldn't teach it as doctrine.
I was reading Acts:18: 24-26. And it seems that a few of the people that are speculated on being the author are there. Perhaps there are writings from some of these people and others like, Apollos, Aquila and Priscilla to compare to.
As for the second part of the question I believe it's both but specifically the book of Hebrews written for that situation that we can't please God with just good works. "Without faith it's impossible to please God"
it doesn't say. I have written many things concerning the Kingdom of God, however I don't normally sign my name to the information I write. Today I give credit to a writer in case they want it, I don't want to be known as a thief. The concept of what has been freely given is to be given freely actually applied in the lives of early believers.
There are some claiming Christians that have no problem charging for kingdom information so their name or pen name become very important. Not so in the Ekklesia of believers. Any gifting to build the body of Christ comes from the Father and is to be given freely. Christ gave all freely so we may choose to become His disciples.
The first thing people want to know when you say something they don't agree with is "where did you hear/get that?". As if the source of the information should change your acceptance or rejection. The book of Hebrews is accepted not because of who wrote it but because the contents have been tested by like minded believers and accepted. The book of Hebrews is accepted because it doesn't refute the writings of others that claim the same faith.
I don't know who wrote the writing to the Hebrews, but I suspect it was a believer in God the maker of heaven and earth, the Father of the man Jesus Christ. Not that it pertains to this question but we really don't know who wrote the fourth gospel known as the book of John, yet it is a favorite of many believers.
Knowing who wrote a book can tell us a lot about where and why it was written.
As for John's Gospel he clearly identifies himself as the Apostle John (John 21 verse 24 and the last supper discourse)
Agreed sometimes it is nice to know things but if they are not known that doesn't change what has been written.
Joh 21:24 This is the disciple who testifies of these things, and wrote these things; and we know that his testimony is true.
That question has been asked in many of the circles I've b e in and around but none has presented an answer I can believe, therefore, I choose to say I have no idea who wrote it.
Instead of a more commonly suggested author, has anyone from history ever thought or has anyone ever considered in the past that the author might have been someone like Michael, or Elijah?
I would not think the Old Testament Elijah and I don't believe Michael would have. The story of the OT Elijah was not written by him is why I don't believe he would be; no Biblical record of Michael except as an arch angel and they don't write.
I agree with your assessment of those stated Mr. Elijah Alfred. The Prophet Elijah doesn't seem to have the personality of Hebrews and I am not sure archangels write either. But I wanted to try to aid in expanding the possibilities by....More below.
The age old question of who wrote the Book of Hebrews. read more
I had never given any thought to who wrote Hebrews until I saw this question. Since I first read this, I have been pondering on it.
Hebrews is often called the faith book. Many believe Paul to be the author and others don't. I had always attributed it to Paul myself. After pondering on it, I have come to a different conclusion. Keep in mind, this is pure speculation on my part.
There was one young man to whom was written two letters by Paul. His name is Timothy. Paul mentioned the gift of faith that was given to this young man. Timothy was a protege of Paul and Paul's influence would be upon him.
If you look at how the book ends, Heb 13:25 Grace be with you all. Amen...It is reminiscent of Paul's closing statement in nearly all of his letters. I conclude that it was Timothy who wrote the book of Hebrews.
Hebrews makes mention of Timothy in Hebrews 13:23. I like your reasoning and if I thought that Hebrews may have had a coauthor, possibly, Timothy would be someone to consider. I like you are open to the possibility of Timothy. LeaveNostoneunturned
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