The book of Hebrews is thought of as more elaborate and refined than all of the books in the New Testament. This section of the bible has been titled as a ‘masterpiece’ and immensely complex. From the first records of the Christian church, its origins and who wrote it have been contemplated. It is thought that at one point the author had been recognized and revered by its audience. However that knowledge is lost and is now thought of as unattainable. There is in fact, so much information unknown concerning Hebrews that not only is the writer in question but the date it was made, and even the name, “To [the] Hebrews” is debated as the original title.
Traditional thinking states that Paul is the writer for the Book of Hebrews, and up till the 1800s, the question was satisfied. Even though there is a high number of Christians (scholars and common folk alike) today who still stand for the statement, the question has once again come to surface with doubts. Below is the thinking from both sides of the matter:
Paul wrote the Book of Hebrews
- 13th Chapter of Hebrews mentions Timothy as a missionary partner with Paul (Jesus had sent disciples to go in groups of two)
- 13th Chapter also says the words were from ‘Italy’ – this matches Paul’s location
- The different ways of writing is to focus attention to a different people
- The King James Bible clearly states Paul as the author
- The author was a Jew, so was Paul
- Paul didn’t want to include his name in the book of Hebrews since his relation with the Gentiles making him unpopular with his native people.
Paul did not write the Book of Hebrews
- The ‘style’ of writing, the theological view, and religious memories are different.
- The author was probably a student or a friend of Paul’s from the different way of writing
- The author was probably a leader of a largely Jewish society for which they were writing
- The author had to have been Priscilla, and the name was taken out to conceal its female origins or to prevent the writing from being suppressed. “The lack of any firm data concerning the identity of the author in the extant writings of the church suggests a deliberate blackout more than a case of collective loss of memory.” Gilbert Bilezikian
- No salutation – Paul always has some form of ‘salutation’, it would only be logical to say that the anonymous writing was not his.
- Although Paul was an educated writer, he had personally declared that he did not write with a superior air of which Hebrews is written.
- Paul often branched out from one subject to another whereas Hebrews stays on one concept from beginning to end.
- Paul used personal pronouns such as “I”, “me”, “my”, and “mine” more than a hundred times per section. Hebrews only does that 7 times in the whole book.
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