Summary: Who wrote it? For whom was it written? For what purpose was it written? If it’s to the Hebrews then was it originally written in Hebrew?
Who it was The Epistle to the Hebrews written to?
-The Greek copies had “to the Hebrews” written above the beginning, and many believe this was written for those born as physical Israelites.
In James’ Epistle, he wrote “to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad,” as brethren; and Peter wrote to the dispersion, also as brethren.
The nation of Israel was dispersed among the Gentiles. The Jews wondered if Jesus would go to them. (John 7:35)
Are all of the 12 tribes of Israel Hebrews? Abraham was a Hebrew (Genesis 14:13)
-Where did James send his letter? Was the writing from James sent to all the Synagogues? I do not think so. The brethren, both Jew and Gentile were meeting together in their homes.
They were the Israel of God… the 12 tribes by faith as believers in the Messiah.
-Many people hold fast to the opinion that the Apostle Paul is the writer of this epistle, and indeed that is what the KJV says, but who decided and wrote that? Others, because of internal evidence, say it wasn’t Paul; and opinions vary as to who it was that wrote it.
I will give my opinion too! I believe the author is revealed in the Epistle:
Hebrews 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high: 4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
-The beginning subject is GOD and how he got His messages delivered.
He is identified as “the Majesty.” There are very few places in the NT where you will find the personal name of God. The word used in the Greek is usually translated “Lord” in our English versions even when quoting the OT. The scriptures of the OT have God’s name in Hebrew as the four consonants that transliterate to YHWH; but the English Bibles substitute the word LORD in all caps. Most professing Christians today do not know about this.
-But you already knew that God was the author, didn’t you?
Who then, is the man that wrote the Epistle with ink, onto a scroll?
Who was the Epistle written to?
-At first, God spoke through the prophets, then, in what was then the last days, in His Son.
-Notice that the writer says the Son spoke to US.
It is titled “To The Hebrews. According to the title then, it was written to the Hebrew Brethren by a Hebrew.
But did the Hebrews meet separately from the Gentiles?
-The Son is identified as the one which God has appointed as heir of all things, and the one through whom he made the ages.
Remember the Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers in Mathew 21? They were killing the servants which the owner sent to them. Last of all he sent his son.
Mat 21:37 But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.
38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. 39 And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.
In this Epistle the heir of God is identified in detail so we will have no doubt as to his identity.
-He is he brightness or radiance of God’s GLORY,
No one else can make that claim! How bright that must be!
-He is the express image of His Person.
What is “express image? No, it is NOT a mirror image. It is more like a copy.
Stand in front of a mirror and check the image you see closely
He parts his hair on a different side.
Touch your right arm, and he will touch his left.
-Then the writer shows what the Son did and where he went and how he got His name.
The Son upholds all things by the word of the Power of the Father, which was given to Him
1 Chron 29:11 Thine, O LORD is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.
Yahshua sits one the right hand as heir of Yahweh His Father, from whom He inherited His name.