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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 salutation.

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 letter."

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 Jesus Christ...

-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 Jesus Christ,...

-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 Jesus Christ;...

-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 Jesus Christ,...

-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 prophets,

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 book.

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 confusion.

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 Hebrews.

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 Hebrews.

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 1:11).

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 after man".

Can it be any clearer? The Lord spoke DIRECTLY to Paul, but INDIRECTLY to the Hebrew author.

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 1:12).

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 him".

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 Hebrews.

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 epistle.

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