Who Wrote The Book Of Hebrews?

2018/03/25

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For some time, I have been trying to discover the author of the letter to the Hebrews in the New Testament. Can you give me some answers about this question? (Sandji)

More than two-thirds of the New Testament was written by the apostle Paul (13 epistles). Among these epistles note, however, that since 1840, following the works of the German Ferdinand Christian Baur, only four epistles have been considered authentic : Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, and Galatians. Then theologians agreed to add to this list the epistles to Philemon , Philippians, and Thessalonians. So today we have seven epistles called authentic or also called "proto-Pauline" epistles.

There remain six letters for which it is uncertain that the Apostle Paul is the author. Theologians still argue today whether or not to recognize paternal paternity. Among these writings are two categories of texts: the three "Deutero-Pauline" epistles (the Epistle to the Colossians, the epistle to the Ephesians and the second to the Thessalonians) with an uncertain paternity and three so-called "Trito-Pauline" epistles; pastoral epistles "(first and second epistles to Timothy and the epistle to Titus) which for several biblical writers were written by Paul's successors.

Now, with regard to the epistle to the Hebrews, if Tertullian attributed it to Barnabas ( De Pudicitia 20), it was considered at length to be written by the apostle Paul. Yet Origen said about him: "For me, if I gave my opinion, I would say that the thoughts are of the apostle; but the phrase and the composition are of someone who reports the teachings of the apostle. Nowadays, essentially since the works of Albert Vanhoye, it is unanimously admitted that Paul is not the author. You have certainly noticed that if this epistle contains a Pauline thought, the text "to the Hebrews", unlike the letters, is not signed. Who wrote the text "to the Hebrews?" According to Father Spicq's thesis, the author could be Apollos, while other biblical scholars have rather evoked Barnabas or even Luke.

Personally, I choose to humbly answer your question by simply saying that the author of the book of Hebrews is unknown to us.