What I only hinted at then is my cockamamie housewife theologian theory. The most plausible suggestion is that this was actually a sermon Paul gave and it was transcribed later by Luke, a person who would have had the command of the Greek language which the writer shows. In the end, though, God knows. Author, speaker, thinker, old school blogger. Whoever wrote Hebrews must have been well known to those early Christians. Timothy was Paul's missionary companion in the same way Jesus sent disciples out in pairs. Luke is doing so much more than telling a story in his Luke-Acts narratives. Luke’s purpose to writing to Theophilus in his two-volume work seems to be the same as the sermon to the Hebrews: to motivate him to persevere in the faith by explaining how “Christianity is the fulfillment of the Old Testament hope of Israel” (176). The letter was composed sometime during the latter half of the 1st century and is … “He (Clement) says that the Epistle to the Hebrews is the work of Paul, and that it was written to the Hebrews in the Hebrew language; but that Luke translated it carefully and published it for the Greeks, and hence the same style of expression is found in this epistle (Hebrews) and in the Acts (written by Luke c. 60’s to 80’s AD).” Biblical scholars argue that Hebrews was written by a highly educated teacher, one who was well acquainted with the various philosophical debates of the day. “Both Luke and the author of Hebrews are described by most New Testament scholars as the most literary writers of the New Testament” (139). Luke is doing so much more than telling a story in his Luke-Acts narratives. Clement of Alexandria suggests that Paul wrote the book originally in Hebrew and that Luke translated it into Greek, though the Greek of Hebrews bears no resemblance to … He has thrown a respectable pitch into the discussion and wondrous study regarding the writer to the masterpiece of Hebrews. But now, thanks to David Allen, I am going loud and proud. I also found Allen’s notion on the identity of Theophilus and the recipients of Hebrews as converted high priests to be quite interesting. Just saying. It’s a pretty exciting read for theological dorks like me. ( Log Out /  4:12a). The Epistle to the Hebrew is anonymous. 1. It is possible Luke worked with Paul and penned it but that is the only thing in doubt. Who wrote the book of Hebrews? A writer would do well just studying the prologues of Luke, Acts, and Hebrews. Change ). ... Paul did write more books, but the two books Luke wrote (the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts) are longer than all those books combined. I doubt Allen had housewife theologians in mind when he wrote this almost 400 page, scholarly hardback. And although the genres are different, Luke seems to have a sermon peppered through his narrative. What if the mystery disciple on the road to Emmaus was also the writer to the Hebrews? Date and destination 3. Did you know that the book of Hebrews is the second-most doctrine-heavy book of the New Testament? If I were asked my personal opinion, I w… Yet the account that has reached us, some saying that Clement, bishop of Rome, wrote the Epistle, and others that it was Luke, the one who wrote the Gospel and Acts. “Both Luke and the author of Hebrews are described by most New Testament scholars as the most literary writers of the New Testament” (139). So what are his arguments for the case of Lukan authorship of Hebrews? When he is breaking down Greek phrases, along with the use of Greek present tense form, well, I kind of have to take his word for it. Because of where it's placed following Paul's epistles, and some of the It’s inspiring. They theorize that the stylistic differences from Paul’s other letters are attributed to his writing in Hebrew to the Hebrews, and that the letter was translated into Greek by Luke. . The most reasonable explanation, recognized early in Church history, is Paul wrote Hebrews. Allen gives us much more than a theory on the writer of Hebrews. A writer would do well just studying the prologues of Luke, Acts, and Hebrews. There are at least five statements in Hebrews that prove Paul didn't write Hebrews, and several proofs that Silas wrote Hebrews. ), Categories: Book Reviews•Tags: David Allan, Lukan Authorship of Hebrews•. In all likelihood, I believe Luke to have been the author of the book. Letter to the Hebrews, New Testament letter traditionally attributed to St. Paul the Apostle but now widely believed to be the work of another Jewish Christian, perhaps one of Paul’s associates. “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword” (Heb. Luke is doing so much more than telling a story in his Luke-Acts narratives. If Paul didn’t write the letter, who did? Not only did Irenaeus teach that Matthew’s Gospel was first written in the Hebrew dialect, he also provided the order in which all four of the Gospels were written. Both Luke and the writer of Hebrews reveal a masterful use of the Septuagint. As evidence of Priscilla’s skill, Luke did not hesitate to record her capabilities as a teacher of the great orator Apollos. Luke did not write to the Jews; Luke wrote for Gentiles and to Gentiles. Whether one agrees with Allen’s conclusions or not, they will definitely have to wrestle with his work. It is a book of no small size, has a doctrinal content which presupposes a solid grasp of Old Testament concepts, and provides clarification and a key to understanding Hebrew believers in the first century. By doing this, he gets 1,000 more credibility points. Of course, I want it to be true. Totally Awesome. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Based on the writing, I began to wonder if it was Luke, as the Greek of Luke-Acts and Hebrews are so perfect. Neither the Gospel of Luke nor The Book of Acts indicates when they were written. Luke's writings (Luke and Acts) are noticibly written in better Greek than almost all the other NT texts, certainly better than the letters of the Apostle Paul. And, as such, Hebrews 2:3 contradicts what Paul says in Galatians 1:11–12 and, thus, suggests that Paul did not write Hebrews. ( Log Out /  I’m happily persuaded, especially with my underlying, biased theory. And although we will probably not know the identity of this writer with 100% surety in this life, I have just learned a wealth of information from Allen in the process of discovery. Whoever wrote Hebrews says in Hebrews 2:3 that he was a second generation Christian. Internal evidence on authorship (is Hebrews an epistle or treatise?) Ahem, I mean, they are historical (yep, some fellers in the early church suspected Luke), linguistic (“lexical, stylistic, and textlinguistic evidence), theological, and, drum roll…pretty darn convincing that Luke was in fact a Jew, and not the Gentile that modern scholars have made him out to be. It’s easier to read a scholarly work when the passion of the author is apparent. It is Paul’s theology… and continues his logic. Some of them are in conjunction with the question of authorship, which we shall consider under the following divisions: 1. I suggest that he later completed this postponed work and it is the Epistle to the Hebrews. The King James Version of the Bible titles this book “The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews.” Many of the church fathers believed that Paul wrote Hebrews in the Hebrew or Aramaic language. While the book includes a “paradigm composed of several hypotheses,” the crux of the argument is that Luke, the physician and companion of the apostle Paul, wrote both Luke-Acts and the epistle to the Hebrews (p. 8). When Did Luke Write? It also stimulates the reader to use Allen’s research to think for themselves. Some parts were amazingly convincing, like the chiastic framework of all three books, the similarities in their prologues, the use of vocabulary, and the comparison of Acts 7 and Hebrews 11. *(This article was first posted in March, 2013. Therefore the … Luke is doing so much more than telling a story in his Luke-Acts narratives. We do not know who wrote the book of Hebrews, though it appears that it was probably Paul. The historical reconstruction that he gives at the end of the book is also conceivable. so this too must be deduced. Certain Bibles have titled the book “The… And yet, Allen doesn’t let this passion take the front seat. Eusebius also summarized Clement of Alexandria’s opinion regarding these problems: “The epistle to the Hebrews he [Clement] attributes to Paul but says that it was written in Hebrew for Hebrews and then carefully translated by Luke for the Greeks. - Hebrews 4:11–13 Throughout most of church history, there has been some question as to the identity of the writer of Hebrews. But let’s move on to this wonderful, well-written book. Matthew, therefore, had to write to Jews and for Jews; therefore he must adopt a Jew"s manner. Paul wrote Hebrews. The epistle to the Hebrews he asserted was written by Paul to the Hebrews in the Hebrew tongue, but it was carefully translated by Luke and published among the Greeks since one finds the same character of style and of phraseology in the epistle as in the Acts: “But it is probable that the title, Paul the Apostle, was not prefixed to it. The debate has been going on for a long time. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Some have suggested that Luke was its writer. Tertullian thought Barnabas wrote Hebrews. “Both Luke and the author of Hebrews are described by most New Testament scholars as the most literary writers of the New Testament” (139). Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Why did Luke stop writing Acts in Rome before Paul was acquitted in late 61AD? Luke tells the same story of the kingdom, yet he hardly says one word that Matthew says; he hardly ever comes upon the … Hebrews talks about Jesus' sacrifice from a heavenly standpoint (Hebrews 10). But now scholars are almost of one mind that Paul did NOT write it. Eusebius also reports Origen believed Paul wrote Hebrews but also said there was a tradition held by "others" that Luke was the writer: But who wrote the Epistle in truth, God knows. For many years I have been curious about who wrote Hebrews, and I prayed for God to show someone? But, without sacrificing the academic integrity of his work, Allen has written accessibly enough for an interested lay person such as myself. Paul's letters are decent Greek, but if you compare Paul's Greek with the text of Hebrews you see a real difference. A writer would do well just studying the prologues of Luke, Acts, and Hebrews. Their community was a result of the apostolic mission. I have a whole new appreciation for Luke—doctor, historian, and linguistic master. A writer would do well just studying the prologues of Luke, Acts, and Hebrews. You see, after teaching Hebrews for the last year (or so), I couldn’t shake the suspicion that we were getting something very similar to the “explanation” Jesus gave to the two disciples on the way to Emmaus. Scholars have noted that Paul’s first Roman imprisonment is mentioned at the end of Acts (Acts 28:30) so the earliest date for Acts being written could be 62AD. THE AUTHORSHIP OF HEBREWS or DID PAUL WRITE HEBREWS? The early church thought he did. He gives us a polite scholarly smack down. My own theory is that Luke-Acts-Hebrew is … Well, he had me by page 31. In interacting with the opposition, he doesn’t discredit the people, he takes their work seriously and even concedes to other possibilities. 2. by Shawn Brasseaux Various church fathers and theologians down through the ages have speculated as to the writer of the book of Hebrews. One thing about this book that really impressed me is the tone. Log in, Written by Aimee Byrd | As far back as the third century, Origen3 wrote: “In the epistle entitled To the Hebrews the diction does not exhibit the characteristic roughness of speech or phraseology admitted by the Apostle [Paul] himself, the construction of the sentences is closer to the Greek usage, as anyone capable of recognizing differences of style would agree . WHO WROTE THE BOOK OF HEBREWS? Note that the order is in harmony with how the Gospels are arranged in the Canon and not in line with modern liberal theories. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. When the internal evidence is examined, it overcomes easily issues of style. If there are any smarticle (my daughter’s word) people who are reading this post, I’m sure you will benefit from Allen’s work much more than I did, but I am very grateful for the education it gave me. I was too embarrassed. Friday, March 29, 2013, The Surprising Transformation of the Disciples of Jesus. 2) The emphasis of theology is different. Allen also looks at the main candidates for Hebrew’s authorship (with the presupposition of the Holy Spirit’s inspiration) like Paul, Barnabas, and Apollos, and highlights where they are wanting. The book presents Christ as the final High Priest and eloquently explains the Old Testament sacrificial system in light of the atonement of Christ. The Epistle to the Hebrews presents many moot problems. Martin Luther believed it was Apollos. And I can only review it as an inquiring lay person. The letter itself does not indicate who the writer was. ( Log Out /  Although it’s merely a theory, some people believe the unnamed disciple to be Luke. He “plays the ball” of the argument, and gives both opposing and supporting scholarly arguments their playing time. 3. this sermon appears identical to the sermon given by J… In fact, in the KJV, you’ll find… It is possible Paul wrote the book of Hebrews. Then, under divine guidance, it was translated into Greek by Luke … Why I Believe Paul Did Not Write Hebrews Preface Every book in the New Testament section of the Bible has a human author (i.e., a man who either wrote the revelation down himself, or spoke it to a scribe who did) assigned to it except one,1 the letter to the Hebrews. A while back ago, I wrote an article about my top three questions I have when I get to heaven. Clement of Alexandria suggests that Paul wrote the book originally in Hebrew and that Luke translated it into Greek, though the Greek of Hebrews bears no resemblance to translation Greek (e.g., that of the Septuagint). Hebrews infographic. Or that it may have been written as a sermon first and then sent around to churches? And even if Luke wasn’t the unnamed disciple, he is the one who gives us the most detailed account of the Emmaus event, showing a knowledge and interest in this amazing exposition Jesus gave about how all the Scriptures pointed to and found their fulfillment in him. 2. “Both Luke and the author of Hebrews are described by most New Testament scholars as the most literary writers of the New Testament” (139). Let us commence. The writer of Hebrews specifically says that he was taught by an apostle (Hebrews 2:3). So with all that preliminary stuff out of the way… WHO WROTE THE BOOK OF HEBREWS? Until about 200 years ago it was widely believed that Paul wrote Hebrews. Jude started to write an epistle about the “salvation” he shared in common with his readers but changed to writing his shorter epistle (Jude 3). In the 13th chapter of Hebrews, Timothy is referred to as a companion. ( Log Out /  Reasons to conclude that Jesus wrote this book are: 1. the author quotes Jesus in the first person: "Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’” 2. the author makes observations about Jesus that only Jesus himself could make, and does so in the present perfect progressive tense to convey his ongoing presence at the time, such as "in every respect [Jesus] has been tempted as we are, yet without sin." I used to think Barnabas was the author, but since Barnabas was an early Christian and the author of Hebrews is a second-generation Christian, I no longer think that is the case. 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