It’s time to return to my series on the Bible Dictionary. The Book of Hebrews has generally been attributed as written by Paul. I was surprised to read that the Bible Dictionary is ambivalent on this point.
There was at least 10 years after the conference at Jerusalem had determined that certain ordinances of the law of Moses were not necessary for salvation of gentile Christians but had not settled the matter for Jewish Christians. It appears that soon thereafter, Paul wrote the epistle to the Hebrews to show them by their scripture and by sound reason why they should no longer practice the law of Moses. The epistle is built on a carefully worked-out plan. Some have felt that the literary style is different from that of Paul’s other letters. However, the ideas are certainly Paul’s.
Do you believe this letter was written by Paul? What are the implications if it wasn’t?