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Featured Who do you believe wrote the Book of Hebrews?

Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by alexander284, Dec 20, 2019.

  1. rlvaughn

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    It is questionable just who added the subscriptions, though I think it is most commonly supposed they added by Euthalius, Bishop of Sulca in Egypt. It is readily demonstrable in several cases of the subscription that he did not know much about it. He may not have been intentionally lying, but ignorant of the facts for some reason.

    Here is a good example of the confusion from 1 Corinthians 16. The subscription says, “The first epistle to the Corinthians was written from Philippi...” Philippi is in Macedonia/Greece (Acts 16:12). On the other hand, Paul himself writes that he is in Ephesus (v. 8), a city in Asia (Revelation 1:11), and sends greetings from the churches of Asia (v. 16). He speaks of passing through Macedonia on his way from Ephesus to Corinth (v. 5). So the inspired scriptures themselves demonstrate the error of the 1 Corinthians subscription.
    I accept the book of Hebrews as the inspired word of God, and a valid part of the New Testament. To me it only makes for an interesting discussion as to which disciple wrote it, and makes no difference in the understanding and interpretation of the book. If it had, God would have made it clear who was his penman.
     
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    Not part of the Greek text of Hebrews. But is part of the interpertation of Hebrews being authered by Paul, but transcribed by Timothy for the Apostle. Hebrews 2:3, Timothy. Hebrews 11:25, Paul. KJV.
     
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    There seems to be a lot of room for doubt. Yet I accept it as part of my Bible
     
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    Thanks for this, as the TBS article (Subscriptions to the Epistles - Trinitarian Bible Society) only mentioned Erasmus, 'Codex H' (Codex Coislinianus - Wikipedia) and of course, Sinaiticus and Vaticanus; for the earliest sources.
     
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    I'm in the Paul camp.
     
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    "The author of the epistle does not mention his name. Many a supposition has been made as to who the author might have been: Paul, Luke, Barnabas (so says Tertullian), Apollos (so says Martin Luther), Silas or even Aquila and Priscilla have been suggested.

    Most of the modern scientists refuse to accept Paul as the author because contents, structure and language of the epistle are not typical for him. And yet the old Alexandrian tradition ascribes this epistle to the apostle Paul. The fact that the author knew Timothy well (Hebrews 13:23) and that Peter who also wrote to Jewish Christians mentions an epistle of Paul to them (2 Peter 3:15) speak for the Alexandrian tradition. However the addressees of the epistle were Jewish Christians in Palestine whereas Peter wrote to the scattered strangers (1 Peter 1:1) who lived outside Palestine. If Paul was the author one reason for not mentioning his name might be that he was an apostle to the nations whereas Peter was an apostle to the Jews (Galatians 2:7-8).

    As a matter of fact the author of the epistle remains unknown. The Holy Spirit who inspired this epistle deliberately wanted to introduce the Lord Jesus only as apostle and high priest of our profession (Hebrews 3:1). The church father Origines (around 185 to 254 AC) appropriately wrote: Only God knows in truth who the author is."
     
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    Just crediting the Holy Spirit does not give any explanation rearding your reasoning. Unless you are using the Holy Spirit as an excuse to be just irrational.
     
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    Only GFod knows who was the human writer, but my guess would be either Barnabas or Apollos!
     
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    I had totally misunderstood your "Holy Spirit" reply.
     
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    I was just saying that regardless of the human writer, was inspired by Him! I do not see Paul as the writer though....
     
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    Priscilla. She explained the way of God more accurately to Apollos, further preparing him for ministry (see Acts 18:24-28).

    Hebrews is a brilliant exposition of the Old Testament priestly themes that has significant theological heft and insight not found in other New Testament books. Yet it has gone without attribution which would be unheard of if the author was a man, since the early church wanted to tie everything to an authoritative source. This likely points to female authorship, since male authorship would not be as well received among those new to the faith and not yet mature in their understanding of the role in women in the church and Kingdom of God.
     
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    Apollo's seems to be a consensus choice, if holding to other then Paul!
    And God would not allow a female author of scripture, would He?
     
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    He wouldn't "allow" it, He would actually inspire a female author of scripture.

    Remember, women were foundational to the ministry of Jesus, were the first witnesses of the resurrection, prophesied in the meetings of the churches, served as deacons, one was an apostle, and Priscilla/Prisca was a teacher of doctrine, specifically to Apollos, among others.
     
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    NO female was an Apostle, and there were no females as pastors or Elders back then, nor should there be any such today!
     
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