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Allen has some really fascinating stuff. He makes a very strong case for the position that Luke wrote the Epistle to the Hebrews. I wish he'd aped Heb. His exclusive use of transliterated Greek words, rather than The Real Deal. IMHO, it's safe to assume that anyone interested in this topic would have at least a semester of NT Greek under his belt. SO -- what is the value of transliterated Greek words? Being able to pronounce the sounds of the words, while not knowing the meaning, can help an uneducated pulpiteer pose as an erudite scholar, perhaps.
Readers who love the New Testament enough to read it in the Greek find the labor of reverse-translating english phonemes back into the more familiar Greek words really annoying, and irksome. 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. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Allen provides a great deal of textual evidence for his theory of the Lukan Authorship of Hebrews but i would not be so affirmative with the weight of the evidence; that evidence maybe could be used also as to support Luke as the Scribe.
Having said that, all that textual evidence is highly useful to illuminate both the nature of Hebrews and its relationship to the rest of the New Testament. I hope the research might continue and scholars keep struggling with the issue of Hebrews authorship; looking for more evidence. This search for authorship evidence brings to light a better comprehension of the nature and features of Hebrews' text, style and message. One person found this helpful. I am not usually interested in extended authorship discussions, but this book not only convinced me about the authorship of Hebrews and kept my attention, it taught me a host of interesting things about Hebrews.
Allen poses fair arguments for the Lukan theory. He gives the pros and cons with equal weight and support. Well written and eazy to understand. I purchased this book for a research paper I was doing for a religion class. It had great information on the subject I was needing and came in brand new condition just like it said. Allen makes a convincing case for Luke's authorship of Hebrews, and that Luke was not a gentile but a Jew. The prose of the book is certainly more like Luke. Could it be a joint composition of Luke and Paul?
This book provides a very convincing argument that Luke was the author of Hebrews. I was impressed by all the linguistic evidence that is presented in the book. And given that Luke is the author, the case also becomes very strong that Luke was a Jew. It amazes me that so many people came to the conclusion that Luke was a Gentile based largely on reading too much into the text of Colossians 4.
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A writer would do well just studying the prologues of Luke, Acts, and Hebrews. Luke is doing so much more than telling a story in his Luke-Acts narratives. Both Luke and the writer of Hebrews reveal a masterful use of the Septuagint.
And although the genres are different, Luke seems to have a sermon peppered through his narrative. One thing about this book that really impressed me is the tone. Allen is confident enough in his work to reveal the solid evidence, be honest about the educated guesses, as well as reveal which arguments are based more on creativity and possibilities rather than absolute certainty.
By doing this, he gets 1, more credibility points. So what are his arguments for the case of Lukan authorship of Hebrews? Some parts were amazingly convincing, like the chiastic framework of all three books, the similarities in their prologues, the use of vocabulary, and the comparison of Acts 7 and Hebrews The historical reconstruction that he gives at the end of the book is also conceivable.
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He has thrown a respectable pitch into the discussion and wondrous study regarding the writer to the masterpiece of Hebrews. Oct 31, Michael Boling rated it it was amazing. 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 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 Who penned the book of Hebrews has long been a source of debate among scholars and layman alike. 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. 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. Rather, in the late second and early third centuries, Tertullian believed the letter had been written by Barnabas. This historical journey on the authorship of Hebrews by Allen certainly reveals that Pauline authorship was not a given in the minds of many scholars, thus leaving open the possibility of Lukan authorship, something he digs deeper into in the remainder of this book. There are many interesting arguments posed by Allen for Lukan authorship.
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Given Hebrews is a document, I think the most compelling array of evidence Allen presented revolved around the linguistic support for Lukan authorship of Hebrews. Barring clear external, historical testimony regarding authorship, comparisons of the unattributed work with a suspected author must begin at the linguistic level. Allen does readily admit there are also similarities between Hebrews and the Pauline letters.
In fact, we might be surprised if their vocabulary did not greatly overlap, considering they shared the same experiences of travel, imprisonment, difficulties, and triumphs over a period of years. Others comparisons are provided by Allen that are equally interesting, such as that of Acts 7 and Hebrews The evidence at least is quite compelling and Allen provides quite a bit of facts to support his theory. I also found the theological comparisons between Luke-Acts and Hebrews to be of great interest. I will submit that Allen provides a substantive, scholarly, and well thought out case for his position that should if anything, be given consideration.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who has ever wondered who wrote Hebrews.
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The opinions are many as noted by Allen and his effort to support the theory of Lukan authorship is well worth the read. I certainly enjoyed his thoughts on the matter and will give his position some greater thought. There is much to read and learn in this book and I only covered a small portion of what Allen has to say meaning this book will provided much food for thought for those who take the time to dig into what Allen presents.
Even if you ultimately disagree with his premise, in the course of reading this book, you will have learned much about Luke, Acts, Hebrews, and the New Testament in general. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Aug 04, Mark A Powell rated it really liked it. Without being dogmatic, Allen carefully and thoroughly lays out the evidence that points toward the author of Luke-Acts being the author of Hebrews as well.
Although bordering on tedious at times and overtly academic in tone, Allen has created an important collection of research and investigation that bears careful consideration. Dec 16, Jason Hoke rated it really liked it. It is a dissertation. I read this book for our Sunday school class on an intro to Hebrews. Unless you have been to seminary or would like to go pick another book. You will need to have some Greek background, New Testament survey and Hermeneutics to enjoy any of it. If you have this background get the book and start taking notes.
Not sure if I come to the same conclusion or not, but he has some great arguments for Luke being the author. Chris Baez rated it it was amazing Nov 09, Jeff Roe rated it it was amazing May 24, Ashley rated it liked it Dec 31, Josh Ralls rated it it was amazing Dec 31, Jon Sedlak rated it it was amazing Dec 15, Gregg rated it it was ok Feb 01, David De rated it really liked it Apr 19, Denny Neff rated it liked it May 12, Dion rated it really liked it Jun 25, John Miller marked it as to-read Jan 04, Emmanuel Davis added it Jul 19,
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