Who wrote the Book of Hebrews? Who was the author of Hebrews?


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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
Theologically speaking, scholars generally regard the book of Hebrews to be second in importance only to Paul's letter to the Romans in the New Testament. No other book so eloquently defines Christ...

July 01 2013 5 responses Vote Up Share Report

Open uri20150816 3767 1tn9rak mark wilkinson retired school teacher and missionary
Ultimately, it was the Holy Spirit who wrote this scripture (2 Tim 3:16).

September 12 2014 4 responses Vote Up Share Report

Doktor D W Supporter
Kenneth Wuest, perhaps the world's most blessed Greek Bible scholar holds to Paul as the writer and the fact that the Book of Hebrews is aimed at the non-Christian Jews who had the full testimony about the Messiah and the coming Kingdom of God. However, they did not fully understand the deity of Christ. Paul warned them about staying with Judaism while rejecting Jesus.

The author of Hebrews speaks a lot about the promised land of Israel, and the fact that the Jews, beginning with Abraham, were looking for the Jerusalem that would be re-established by the Lord in the Kingdom of God (Kingdom of Heaven in Matthew) on earth. These verses can be overlooked if the reader does not carefully read them in context. 

Hebrews clearly establishes the first and second coming of the Jewish Messiah. The second coming is about the restoration of the Kingdom of God on earth and the anointing of Saul to become the Apostle Paul, revealing salvation by Grace through Faith to Gentiles and to all those Jews who would accept Grace without the works of the Law. Paul writes: "So Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, shall appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him" (Hebrews 9:28). The "eagerly awaiting Him" will be those Jews awaiting the establishment of the Holy City of Jerusalem and His reigning in the land under the Davidic Covenant. Christians will be in Heaven long before that, through the Rapture of the Christian church, the Body of Christ, or at normal death.

What is Paul talking about when he speaks of the Jews waiting to "receive what was promised" in the Hebrew Bible? It is the Kingdom of God on earth (NOT the Christian heavenly destination), though Paul doesn't have to say that because it is understood by Jewish readers. Paul addresses the persecution of the Jews, "knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and an abiding one. Do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. … You need endurance so that you may (emphatic, not conditional) receive what was promised. For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come and will not delay" (Hebrews 10:34-37). The "possession" and the "promise," and the "great reward," has to do with His Second Coming, establishing His millennial reign, with Jerusalem as the center of the earth. Caution! Paul declares, "In a very little while!" In context, Paul actually believed that the Jesus who rose above after the 40 days would return again in his lifetime! In truth, the Jews continued to reject Jesus as the Christ, right up through the stoning of Stephen, at which point the promised Kingdom was placed on hold. But that precious promise will be carried out following the Tribulation / Armageddon, in the Kingdom of God on earth.

Abraham "died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance …" He, along with those who came after him, "made it clear that they are seeking a country of their own." "But they desired a better country, that is, the "Kingdom FROM Heaven," or the "Kingdom FROM God," on earth. "God prepared a city for them." Jacob (Israel) ordered the sons of Israel "You shall carry my bones up from here, from this land (of Egypt) to the land which God promised on oath to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob." Which land? Israel. 300,000 square miles. On that glorious day when the Kingdom is established on earth, the 12 plus the 70 and more will come forth out of their graves, along with ALL those who died in FAITH, not having received the promise in their day, but now being blessed upon blessing upon blessing by "entering in to their rest!"

Glory Hallelujah, sing praises to His Name! He leaves no stone unturned!!

August 07 2013 2 responses Vote Up Share Report

Profile pic Mark Vestal Proud of nothing of myself. Freed by Christ who did it all!
We do not know definitively who wrote the book of Hebrews. However, we can discern that it was most likely not Paul, primarily due to Paul's promised salutation (2 Thes 3:17) missing from the book of Hebrews, but found clearly in the first verse of the first chapter of all thirteen of his known epistles (Romans through Philemon).

It is also clear that Hebrews was written directly to Hebrews. Although not entirely out of the question, as Paul was indeed a Jew prior and had great love for his past Jewish brethren, it is unlikey that the newly appointed "apostle to the Gentiles" (Rom 11:13) would break from this God given appointment to address a future time that will require those believers to 'endure chastening' (Heb 12:7), and who are outside of the revealed dispensation of God's 'grace' (Eph 3:2) as given to Paul for us today. He would have been addressing a people who are separate from the church, the body of Christ (Eph 1:22-23, 1 Tim 1:16, Col 1:24).

It would be contrary to what the all-inclusive messenger Paul was appropriated to be, as there is currently no difference in Jew or Gentile regarding who may partake in the filling of Christ's body of believers. There is, however, a stark contrast between the current all-encompasing church, the body of Christ (directly addressed in Paul's thirteen epistles), compared to those of prophetic Israel, yet future (directly addressed in Hebrews through Revelation).

March 17 2024 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Anonymous
Paul wrote the letter to the Hebrews.

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Mini Marvin Reynolds Retired Chaplain U.S. Army Hospital
The author is not stated in this book BUT you can read the last chapter in Hebrews and by the names listed come the strong opinion that it was Paul who was the author but more than likely written by a scribe for nim.

January 27 2017 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Mini Ed Besselman
Although we will not know for sure on this side of eternity...I believe that the Epistle to the Hebrews was written by an associate of Paul (but not Paul himself).

IMHO... the language is Pauline but not the same as Romans, Ephesians, Colossians or I & II Timothy. (We know it was not Timothy - Hebrews 13:23 but a friend and fellow minister). 

So, I believe that it was a disciple of Paul (using phrases that Paul used in instructing and teaching this believer (but it was not Paul).

July 24 2018 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini John Appelt
Many writers have been proposed as authors of Hebrews, but without success, and Paul has not been eliminated from being the author as considered in the first 200 years. 

The author of the letter is anonymous because he was primarily an apostle to the Gentiles and yet the Jews were on his heart. Only Paul would choose to be anonymous. The letter needed no introduction as he was presenting material to build the recipients up in new truth. 

The writer could not be a woman for Hebrews 11:32 contains a masculine participle, ‘diegoumenon,’ ‘telling/relating’ modifying ‘me.’

Paul best qualifies, as born, bred, and brought up a Hebrew of the Hebrews. Paul studied under the respected rabbi Gamaliel. Yet, the revelation of the excellence and exaltation of the Lord Jesus is expounded magnificently by Paul as one who met Him. Other writers did not have that depth or eloquence, Acts 14:12.

Hebrews 2:3 does not eliminate Paul. While Paul did hear the Lord later, he was not there when the message of the gospel was first given. 

Acts 13:15-41, a speech by Paul, resembles Hebrews with a survey of Israel’s history and heritage, scriptural quotations and warning, and the gospel message. Both are the “word of exhortation,” Hebrews 13:22. 

The early canon placed Hebrews before the personal/pastoral letters. It is found at the end of them making bookends with Romans, the books arranged according to the level of maturity of understanding. 

Hebrews follows Paul’s structure model of three-quarters theology and one-quarter practical application.

With Hebrews, the trilogy of faith, love and hope, and the trilogy of the ‘just shall live by faith’ is complete. 

The number 17 is used for lists in Romans 8:35-39 and Hebrews 12:18-24; certain words are unique to Paul such as ‘sons’ rather than ‘children’ and ‘so much more,’ ‘to whom be the glory,’ ‘forever and forever,’ ‘God of peace,’ ‘I beg you brethren,’ ‘pray for us,’ ‘complete in every good work,’ ‘conduct yourself,’ ‘Christ Jesus.’ Paul argues from the lesser to the greater in Hebrews as also in Romans 5 and 6, and Galatians 4. When Paul quotes a series of Old Testament texts he uses an adverb, ‘again,’ as he does in other epistles. David Alan Black stated, “…there is no teaching in Hebrews that is incompatible with that of the apostle Paul.”

The writer alluded to Timothy who was not a fellow-worker to anyone but Paul, Hebrews 13:23. The author wrote of having been in bonds as he was in Caesarea. In Hebrews 10:34, Paul mentioned the sufferings that only he faced in Judea. In Hebrews 13:19, the writer indicated he hoped to be liberated, Philippians 2:19 and Philemon 22.

Paul’s trademark signature as II Thessalonians 3:17, falls into this form: “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.” Hebrews 13:25.

Peter who wrote to scattered Hebrew Christians, mentions Paul writing to the same people, the Jews, II Peter 3:15, and writing things hard to understand, Hebrews 5:11.

March 02 2022 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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