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* The topic of the letter is also especially different from all of Paul's other letters.
 
* The topic of the letter is also especially different from all of Paul's other letters.
 
* Even first century historians called the authorship into question, writing that they had no idea who wrote the letter.
 
* Even first century historians called the authorship into question, writing that they had no idea who wrote the letter.
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==Status==
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I have several translations of this book from various bibles, and have read it.
  
 
==Review==
 
==Review==

Latest revision as of 10:14, 4 October 2017

The Epistle to the Hebrews is a letter written, not to an individual, but to a general Hebrew audience. The letter is estimated to have been written around 80–90 CE. While many Christian churches officially identify the author as Paul, few New Testament scholars agree. Their reasons are numerous:

  • Of the letters believed to be the genuine work of Paul, and in fact even his non-genuine letters, Paul always identifies himself at the beginning of the letter. Here he does not.
  • The grammar and word-usage is markedly different between this and the supposed genuine letters of Paul.
  • The topic of the letter is also especially different from all of Paul's other letters.
  • Even first century historians called the authorship into question, writing that they had no idea who wrote the letter.

Status

I have several translations of this book from various bibles, and have read it.

Review

  • I found the letter to be pretty dull over all, especially the beginning which is just mindless praise.
  • Much of the letter reads like a personal commentary on the Old Testament presented as fact. The author is basically saying, "these passages definitely mean what I know they mean," even when they are vague or have a different forthright meaning.
  • For a letter written to Hebrews, it certainly rakes them over the coals! Whomever wrote it certainly had a bone to pick with the Torah. They basically say that God has changed his mind about everything! In the Torah, God demands animal sacrifice to annul your sins and loves the sweet smell of burning offal, in this letter he doesn't like the smell, doesn't want sacrifice, and it doesn't annul your sins anyway, only a human sacrifice can do that (chapter 9). The author says ceremonial foods have no value (13:9-10) even though God demands them.
  • There's a useful definition of Faith, "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." (11:1). Which negates the apologists who use the word "faith" to mean a demonstrated belief.
  • The author warns against people who are sexually immoral and godless like Esau (12:16), but Esau was neither of these things, he was just a starving man who was conned out of his magical inheritance by his own brother (Genesis 25, 27).
  • The letter ends with every dictator's dream passage, "Obey your leaders and submit to their authority!" (13:17)

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