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The book of Hebrews is one of the greatest books of the Bible. Someone said about the book, "It begins like an essay, continues like a sermon, and ends like a letter."
There are several reasons why we study the book of Hebrews. One reason is because this book is intended to be an encouragement to us.
Look at the last chapter, 13th verse as he comes to the conclusion and he will tell you what kind of letter, what kind of book he has written. Verse 22 says, "And I beseech you, brethren, suffer (listen patiently) to the word of exhortation for I have written a letter unto you in a few words."
He calls this a word of exhortation, or a word of encouragement. We really don't know who wrote Hebrews. No author is given here. In the letters of Paul, he characteristically starts at the very outset by telling you whose writing. "Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ."
But this book is a little different. It doesn't give a stated author. So, there are different opinions. Some people believe that the Apostle Paul did write this. That's the traditional view. Some have suggested that Barnabas may have written it.
I have a young preacher boy of mine who was called to preach back up in Rome, Georgia, a number of years ago who is the head of the Department of Preaching for the Criswell College in Dallas, Texas. He has a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Texas. He has a rather interesting insight and view on the author of the book of Hebrews. He believes that Luke wrote the book of Hebrews. We know that Luke did write the Gospel of Luke and that he also wrote the book of Acts. You remember that those two books were addressed to a man named Theophilus. In Acts 1 and Luke 1, you will see that he addressed those books to a man named Theophilus. We don't know who that was. The name means "lover of God." Dr. Allen found in some of his studies that there was a priest at this particular named The ...
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