Authorship of the Epistle to the Hebrews - WikipediaThroughout the past several weeks, we have been exploring who the authors of the books of the New Testament were. Luke as the author of the Third Gospel and Acts after having attributed information from numerous eyewitnesses, and the apostle Paul as the author of all thirteen epistles attributed to him. Now, we examine a more mysterious letter. More likely than not, the epistle was written sometime during the reign of Emperor Nero AD Many early church leaders believed Paul to have been the author.
Who is the Author: for the book of Hebrews?
The text is traditionally attributed to Paul the Apostle , but doubt on Pauline authorship in the Roman Church is reported by Eusebius. Scholars of Greek consider its writing to be more polished and eloquent than any other book of the New Testament, and "the very carefully composed and studied Greek of Hebrews is not Paul's spontaneous, volatile contextual Greek". At this time, certain believers were considering turning back to Judaism the Jewish system of law to escape being persecuted for accepting Christ as their saviour, now following this system of grace saved by Jesus' sacrifice on the cross.
Who wrote the book of Hebrews?
Traditionally, Paul the Apostle was thought to be the author. However, since the third century this has been questioned, and the consensus among most modern scholars is that the author is unknown. The Epistle to the Hebrews was included in the collected writings of Paul from a very early date. While the assumption of Pauline authorship readily allowed its acceptance in the Eastern Church , doubts persisted in the West. Eusebius does not list Epistle to the Hebrews among the antilegomena or disputed books though he included the unrelated Gospel of the Hebrews.
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The book of Hebrews is thought of as more elaborate and refined than all of the books in the New Testament. 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. Traditional thinking states that Paul is the writer for the Book of Hebrews, and up till the s, the question was satisfied.