Food for thought….

The author of the New Testament “Letter to the Hebrews,” was apparently writing at a time, like ours, when there was great disagreement, both within the church and the wider culture, about the character and identity of the man called Jesus, attempted to clear things up when he wrote: “Jesus Christ, the same, yesterday, today and forever.”

The apostle Paul poured out his life to present the Christian message. He traveled from country to country, braving storm and death, trying the keep divided churches together, but no sooner had he squelched one controversy than another sprang up in its place.

New teachers and prophets appeared everywhere. There were factions and splinter groups everywhere. From the outset, church leaders saw the need for organization, for this new religion was literally bursting at the seams.

By mid-second century Alexandrian exegetes had placed Hebrews among the letters of Paul, though they recognized that it was so different in language and style from that of Paul that some special account of Hebrews authorship was required.

Thus it was thought that Luke might have translated the letter for Paul into Hebrew, this was proven wrong, as the translation could not have been from Greek. In any case, Hebrews 2:3-4 suggests that the author comes form a generation after the apostles.