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David Allen is dean of the School of Theology, professor of Preaching, and director of the Center of Biblical Preaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) in Fort Worth, Texas. He holds degrees from Criswell College (B.A.), SWBTS (M.Div.), and the University of Texas at Arlington (Ph.D.).
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  • Series: New American Commentary Studies in Bible and Theology (Book 8)
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Academic (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805447148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805447149
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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By Michael C. Boling on November 8, 2014
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Who penned the book of Hebrews has long been a source of debate among scholars and layman alike. Was it the Apostle Paul? Was it Apollos? Was Barnabas? Was it Luke? Was it even Priscilla? While Hebrews shares some commonalities with other Pauline books, there is just enough difference between the book of Hebrews and his other writings to cause, at least in the minds of some to question the traditional belief of Pauline authorship. David Allen, in his book Lukan Authorship of Hebrews suggests the author of Hebrews was not Paul but rather it was the work of Luke, that faithful companion of Paul and author of the Gospel of Luke and Acts.

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.
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Dr. Allen makes a convincing case for Luke's authorship of Hebrews, and that Luke was not a gentile but a Jew. I have always felt that Paul's fingerprints are on the Book of Hebrews, but not his DNA. The prose of the book is certainly more like Luke. Could it be a joint composition of Luke and Paul? From his Roman prison, Paul wrote, "Only Luke is with me" (2 Timothy 4:11). Hmmm...
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This book, the product of many years of study and research by the current Dean of the School of Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. David Allen, renews the focus on identifying the author of the New Testament book of Hebrews.

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.
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This is the closest to a 'who dunnit' mystery novel that I will ever read, as I try to fill my reading time with books that inform. This is one of those questions that I've thought "When I get to heaven, I would like to ask God who wrote Hebrews," but by then I probably wouldn't care anymore as it would be irrelevant. Fortunately, David Allen's book sheds enough light on this question to satisfy anyone who has been more than a little curious about this outstanding mystery. Allen puts together a very convincing forensics case that Luke, author of the Gospel of Luke and of Acts and the travelling companion of Paul, was the author of Hebrews. In addition to a reasonably satisfying answer as to the authorship of Hebrews, I learned a great deal about the literary structure and theology of Hebrews, as well as the many similarities of Hebrews to the gospel of Luke and Acts. For those interested in the message of Hebrews, William Lane's condensed commentary "Hebrews: A Call to Commitment" is also highly recommended.
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Few queries surrounding the New Testament are as well known as the question regarding the authorship of Hebrews. Since the early centuries of Christianity—indeed, long before the New Testament canon was finalized—inquisitive readers have investigated who wrote the Epistle to the Hebrews. Origen, Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, Eusebius, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, and Harnack (to name but a few) have theorized and argued about the identity of Hebrew’s author. No less a list than Paul, Barnabas, Apollos, Luke, Silas, Peter, Clement of Rome, Priscilla and Aqulia, Ariston, Philip, Jude, Epaphras, John the Apostle, Timothy, and Mary (the Mother of Jesus) has been suggested as to whom this figure might be. In recent decades, those studying Paul have increasingly problematized claims that the Apostle’s authored Hebrews, making it less likely that the long-assumed writer of Hebrews actually penned the work. And despite the copious number of theories concerning other potential authors of Hebrews, rather little has been offered by way of solid conclusions. To address this noteworthy issue, a couple of years ago came David L. Allen’s Lukan Authorship of Hebrews (Nashville: B&H Academic, 2010. 416 pgs).
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.
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