Epistle to Hebrews in Easton's Bible Dictionary
(1.) Its canonicity. All the results of critical and
research to which this epistle has been specially
abundantly vindicate its right to a place in the New
canon among the other inspired books.
(2.) Its authorship. A considerable variety of
this subject has at different times been advanced.
maintained that its author was Silas, Paul's
have attributed it to Clement of Rome, or Luke, or
some unknown Alexandrian Christian, or Apollos; but
conclusion which we think is best supported, both
and external evidence, is that Paul was its author.
no doubt, many difficulties in the way of accepting
Paul's; but we may at least argue with Calvin that
there can be
no difficulty in the way of "embracing it without
one of the apostolical epistles."
(3.) Date and place of writing. It was in all
written at Rome, near the close of Paul's two years'
imprisonment (Heb. 13:19,24). It was certainly
the destruction of Jerusalem (13:10).
(4.) To whom addressed. Plainly it was intended for
converts to the faith of the gospel, probably for
the church at
Jerusalem. The subscription of this epistle is, of
without authority. In this case it is incorrect, for
Timothy could not be the bearer of it (13:23).
(5.) Its design was to show the true end and meaning
Mosaic system, and its symbolical and transient
proves that the Levitical priesthood was a "shadow"
of that of
Christ, and that the legal sacrifices prefigured the
all-perfect sacrifice he offered for us. It explains
gospel was designed, not to modify the law of Moses,
supersede and abolish it. Its teaching was fitted,
as it was
designed, to check that tendency to apostatize from
and to return to Judaism which now showed itself
Jewish Christians. The supreme authority and the
glory of the gospel are clearly set forth, and in
such a way as
to strengthen and confirm their allegiance to
(6.) It consists of two parts: (a) doctrinal (1-
and practical (10:19-ch. 13). There are found in it
references to portions of the Old Testament. It may
as a treatise supplementary to the Epistles to the
Galatians, and as an inspired commentary on the book