Who Penned Hebrews?
My friend Louie and I had a conversation via the internet this past week, as we do from time to time..
The part of the discussion which is germane to this Sunday morning post was a statement I made to him that when I sought encouragement or believed I was undergoing chastening I turn to the twelfth chapter of the Book of Hebrews.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. (Emphases added.)What greater encouragement might we hope for than to look to the example of our Christ who laid down His very life for our sins! The chapter continues
And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?While I may endure chastening, I am a son of God!
Now Louie and I know that we both agree on the essentials of the Scriptures, but we also know that we disagree on a couple of points that are not critical to salvation. To wit, and in this instance, Louie is a firm believer that Paul was the writer of The Hebrews. I am just as firmly convinced that Paul did not write the book.
He wrote back to me, "I Love Hebrews. Dave, I cannot believe how these nut cases cannot see that Paul is the writer. That is if they read his other books, Also He knew more about The Hebrew law than any other person that was in The Church of God that The Lord Jesus started. Blessings on you this weekend!"
To which I replied (remember, we each knew the position of the other before this conversation): "Thank you for your (repeated) position on the authorship. May the blessings of the Lord be yours, and may there be peace between you and
Your Fellow Nutcase in Christ.
(Who can’t see how you can read the Letters and still believe Paul penned Hebrews. Oh, well. We both believe God is the Author of His Word, the Author and Finisher of our faith.)"
Quickly, my case, in a nutshell, if you are interested.
In my opinion, Paul could not have written: