Did Paul Write the Book of Hebrews?
by Trey Searcy
The book of Hebrews is unsigned,
and therefore we may never know who the human author was. What we DO know is Paul
did not write it. We know this even though some bibles and "scholars" credit him
with doing so. How can we know that Paul is not the author? BELIEVE God's word and
let it be our final authority.
We begin with what Paul wrote to
those at Thessalonica: "The salutation of Paul with mine own hand, which is the
token in every epistle: so I write." (2 Thessalonians 3:17).
Paul promised that in "every
epistle" he wrote (not in some, several or most) we will find his
What is a salutation? Webster's
defines it this way: "the word or phrase of greeting (as Gentlemen or Dear Sir or
Madam) that conventionally comes immediately before the body of a
With careful examination I believe
that any sincere truth seeker will come to see that Paul could not have possibly
written the book of Hebrews. A Bible student will quickly see a pattern in ALL of
Paul's letters. Look closely, and don't miss the obvious:
-Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of
Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle,...
-1 Corinthians 1:1 Paul, called to be an apostle of
-2 Corinthians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ
by the will of God,...
-Galatians 1:1 Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither
by man, but by Jesus Christ,...
-Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by
the will of God,...
-Philippians 1:1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of
-Colossians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by
the will of God,...
-1 Thessalonians 1:1 Paul, and Silvanus, and
Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in
the Lord Jesus Christ;...
-2 Thessalonians 1:1 Paul, and Silvanus, and
Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord
-1 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by
the commandment of God our Saviour,...
-2 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by
the will of God,...
-Titus 1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of
-Philemon 1:1 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and
Timothy our brother,
Did you see it, or did you miss it?
All of the above letters written by Paul, open with his name, EVERY-ONE. Paul
promised that "every epistle" he wrote would be marked by his salutation, and they
are. All of his greetings include two very important names, both "Paul"
and "Jesus Christ".
Now then, compare the above 13
salutations with the salutation found in the book of Hebrews:
Hebrews 1:1 God, who at sundry
times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the
Do what? "sundry times"? "divers
manners"? "the fathers by the prophets"? This looks nothing at all like Paul's
salutation. In addition
to that, in verse one, those two very important names are missing. Where is
"Paul"? Where is "Jesus Christ"?
It's also important to note that
not only is Paul's name missing from verse one, it is absent from the ENTIRE
Some have been troubled by a
passage found in 2 Peter. In chapter 3, verse 15 Peter wrote: "And account that the
longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also
according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;"
Some use this verse to
prove that Paul wrote the book of Hebrews. Their claim is, since Peter wrote
to Hebrews, and uses the phrase "Paul hath written unto you", that it must
have been the book of Hebrews that Peter was referring to. However, what they have
missed is a passage found in Paul's writings that clears up the
Paul, in Colossians chapter 4,
verses 15-16 wrote: "Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and
the church which is in his house. And when this epistle is read among you, cause
that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the
epistle from Laodicea."
BINGO! There is our answer. Paul
told the Colossians that they needed to "read the epistle from Laodicea" -an
epistle not found in the Bible. Thus showing that not all of Paul's writings
are in the canon of scripture. So just because Peter said that his audience had
read the writings of Paul, does NOT mean it was the book of
Perhaps it was "in the church of
the Laodiceans" where Peter's Hebrew readers were when they read Paul's writings,
or it could have been somewhere else, we do not know. What we DO know is that this
is not evidence showing Paul to be the author of
It is Satan's policy of evil to
confuse you as to whom your apostle is. Jesus appointed Paul to the office of
apostleship to the Gentiles, (Romans 11:13) not to the Hebrews. Crediting Paul as
being the author of Hebrews has only caused confusion, and we all know who the
author of that is (1 Corinthians 14:33).
We find further support of our
position in Hebrews chapter 2, verse 3. Here is yet another mammoth-proof that Paul
could not have written the book of Hebrews. The Hebrew writer wrote: "How shall we
escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by
the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;"
When we compare scripture with
scripture, the darkened glass becomes clear, allowing us to come face to face with
truth. An easy exercise would be to compare what we just read with what Paul wrote
to the Galatians:
"But I certify you, brethren, that
the gospel which was preached of me is not after man." (Galatians
Please note that the writer of
Hebrews says that what was "spoken by the Lord"... "was confirmed unto us by them
that heard him;" BUT, Paul said that what he preached was "not after man". The
"them that heard him" did not confirm anything for Paul, and is why he wrote "not
Can it be any clearer?
The Lord spoke DIRECTLY to Paul, but INDIRECTLY to the Hebrew
So if Paul was not taught by men,
who taught him?
"For I neither received it of man,
neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ." (Galatians
Paul, (unlike the writer of
Hebrews) had nothing "confirmed" to him by men. What he wrote was revealed to him
by Christ. The Hebrew writer was taught by men, by "them that heard
As mentioned earlier, in the first
verse of every one of Paul's letters he included both, "Paul" and "Jesus Christ".
Well, here is one last bite of truth to chew on and hopefully digest. He also wrote
the words "grace" and "peace" in the first chapter of ALL his 13 letters, while
neither the word "grace" NOR "peace" is found in the first chapter of
In order to jump to the
conclusion that Paul is the writer of Hebrews, one would have to abandon
sound scriptural reasoning.
After weighing and
evaulating the evidence, we submit that the writer of the book of Hebrews
remains unknown. What IS known, however, is that Paul did not write this
Remember, you only get two educations,
the one you're given, and the one you give yourself.