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The Chester Beatty Papyrus numbered P contains a collection of Paul’s epistles and includes Hebrews among them.
Those holding to Pauline authorship suggest that Paul omitted his name because he, the apostle to the Gentiles, was writing to the Jews who would have likely dismissed the letter if they had known the source.
Kummel dates Hebrews as follows (Introduction to the New Testament, p.
Barnabas was a Levite and would have been acquainted with the levitical system which is a major theme in Hebrews.
In its timeless scholarly movement of ideas only the OT sanctuary plays a role, not the Herodian temple; an origin before 70 cannot be inferred either from the silence concerning the catastrophe of the year 70 or from the expression in that the Old Covenant is 'in the course of passing away.' On the contrary, the persecutions which the community has experienced (-34) and the spiritual proximity to Lk-Acts point in all probability to the post-Pauline period. 97): Although Hebrews is included in the Pauline corpus and was part of that corpus in its earliest attested form (p46), it is certainly not a work of the apostle.
Heb was, however, written before 96 (I Clem); Timothy, who as a young man had been a mission aide of Paul, is still living (), writers and readers belong to the second Christian generation (2:3), the new suffering which threatens the readers (12:4) may point to the time of Domitian (81-96). This fact was recognized, largely on sytlistic grounds, even in antiquity.
There has been much debate concerning the authorship of Hebrews because the letter itself does not indicate who the author is.
Perhaps the most common conjecture through the centuries has been that the apostle Paul is the author.