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Lukan Authorship of Hebrews (New American Commentary Studies in Bible and Theology) Hardcover – June 1, 2010
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Since the earliest days of Christianity, debate has existed regarding who actually penned the book of Hebrews. While the traditional view is that the Apostle Paul was responsible, some key factors cast serious doubt on his authorship. Allen clearly and thoroughly investigates the key evidence both within and outside the text for Lukan authorship. While not begin completely dismissive of other theories, David Allen presents a very convincing and well-documented argument, and even more convincingly why Paul was not the author.
A must read for any New Testament scholar, regardless of the denominational background.
There are likely many who wonder why there is even the need to debate on who the author of Hebrews is given it is in the canon of Scripture and that should settle things. While there is some validity to such a position, understanding who the author is provides some level of insight into particular mannerisms of an author and how they reveal themselves in their works. Such perspectives can provide valuable insight into particular aspects of a work that become clearer when understood in relation to the author’s writing tendencies.
Allen begins his proposition by noting the history of the question on who wrote Hebrews. I was surprised at the chart in this chapter that noted the variety of authorial proposals given by scholars throughout the centuries. Allen also provides a very interesting historical overview of the positions taken by scholars on the authorship of Hebrews. He notes that in the Western Church, “no tradition regarding Pauline authorship apparently existed. Rather, in the late second and early third centuries, Tertullian believed the letter had been written by Barnabas.Read more ›
In Lukan Authorship of Hebrews Allen argues that Luke—the companion of Paul and author of Luke-Acts, working under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit—independently wrote the Epistle to the Hebrews while in Rome around 67 CE. Although no recent scholarship affirms this precise position, Allen substantiates his position through appeals to history (Origen and Eusebius indicate early Christians who believed this), linguistic and theological analysis, and critical reconstruction.Read more ›
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Well written and persuasively argued. The author shows there are many good reasons for seriously considering that Luke wrote the letter to the Hebrews.Published 16 months ago by Gontroppo
This book provides a very convincing argument that Luke was the author of Hebrews. I was impressed by all the linguistic evidence that is presented in the book. Read morePublished on October 4, 2013 by Segerstrom Paul
This book is a must for the serious Bible student or theologian to read to see all of the strong evidence that Luke can be considered a strong candidate for if not the most likely... Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by richard robinson