The Authorship of Hebrews: Ancient External Evidence

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The Authorship of Hebrews: Ancient External Evidence

Irenaeus of Lyon and Hippolytus of Rome:

  • “…  and a volume containing various Dissertations, in which he mentions the Epistle to the Hebrews and the so-called Wisdom of Solomon, making quotations from them” (in Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History 5.26)
  • “Hippolytus and Irenaeus claim that the Letter to the Hebrews is not by Paul, but Clement and Eusebius and a numerous company of the other fathers count this letter among the others and say that Clement named above translated it from Hebrew” (according to the 6th century Stephanus Gobarus in Photios I, the 9th century Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bibliotheca 232)
  • “Hippolytus says that in writing to seven Churches, he writes just as Paul wrote thirteen letters, but wrote them to seven Churches. That to the Hebrews he does not judge to be Paul’s, but perhaps Clement’s.” (Dionysius bar Salibi, 12th century…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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