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The Author of Hebrews: Words Directly From God


I’ve started listening to S. Lewis Johnson’s Hebrews series, one of his last ones (perhaps the very last series he did?) which he started in late 1992.  His age definitely shows in his voice by this time, yet the words and recording are still clear and understandable, and Johnson’s insights as sharp as ever.

Much debate exists concerning the authorship of the epistle to the Hebrews.  It is quite clear from the evidence that Paul did not write it; others have suggested the author as Barnabas or Apollos.  Feminists have even taken to suggesting it was secretly written by a woman, and yet we can know from the Greek grammar and the use of masculine versus feminine words in the Greek language, that it was at least written by a man.

Yet one very good point is: why don’t we know the human author?  This epistle stands apart from others, as one that emphasizes the word of God itself.  As stated in the opening verses, God has spoken: by His prophets and now by His Son.  That is the important point that the author wishes to convey to his audience:  it is God who has spoken.  This is a word from God and not from men.

The book of Hebrews has the most citations from the Old Testament:  the accolade of “using the Old Testament more than any other New Testament writer belongs to the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews.”  Furthermore, the book of Hebrews never cites the human author in the citations.  Never does the text say “Moses saith” or “Isaiah says.”  David is mentioned once in the 4th chapter, and not for citation purposes but to refer to the section of scripture (in Psalm 95) that has to do with David himself.

  1. sid Stewart
    September 13, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Paul did not write Hebrews?? what evidence is there to suggest he did not write it? as any argument from silence: who else was qualified to pen Hebrews except for Paul?

    • September 13, 2011 at 12:33 pm

      Please listen to or read the sermon referenced in this article, which explains the many reasons why Paul could not have been the writer — and the very good suggestions for who may have written it. At any rate your comment shows that you completely missed the point of this article.

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