No one knows who wrote the book of Hebrews. Some people think it was Paulo but we have no way of knowing for sure. The author of Hebrews does not identify himself or leave many “clues” to discover.
What do we know about the author of the book of Hebrews?
- He knew the Scriptures and customs of the Jews– the clear and detailed explanations of the temple rituals reveal a great knowledge of the Law of Moses
- He was cultured– the author had very refined writing and a good knowledge of Greek (the original language of the book of Hebrews)
- He was a friend of Timothy– and intended to take a trip with him ( Hebrews 13:23 )
- He wrote before the destruction of the temple– the author talks a lot about the temple in Jerusalem but does not mention its destruction (in 70 AD)
- He was known to the churches– the author of Hebrews speaks with authority, as a recognized leader in the churches
Did Paul write the book of Hebrews?
We can’t be sure. Who wrote the book of Hebrews was already a debated subject in the second century, about 100 years after the book was written. No one could confirm with certainty whether Paul even wrote Hebrews.
Some people argue that Paul always ended his letters with the same greeting that appears at the end of Hebrews ( Hebrews 13:25 ). On the other hand, Paul always started his letters with an introduction, which does not exist in Hebrews.
The style of the book of Hebrews is very different from that of Paul’s other letters. However, a writer can have different styles of writing, depending on the situation and the stage of his life.
Other possible authors
Several Bible Christians fit the vague profile of the author of Hebrews. Some suggestions from those who could have written are:
- Barnabas– Paul’s tutor and companion – Acts of the Apostles 11: 25-26
- Lucas– Paulo’s doctor and travel companion; wrote the gospel of Luke – see here: who was Luke in the Bible?
- Silas– another companion of Paul; was a prophet and taught the churches – Acts 16:40
- Apollo– was a Jew, knew the Scriptures and preached fervently about Jesus – Acts 18: 24-26
- Priscila and Aquila– a couple who were friends with Paulo; taught Apollos more about Jesus and led a church – 1 Corinthians 16:19