Hebrews and the Pauline Tradition

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For much of Christian history the Epistle to the Hebrews was understood as a Pauline letter. Today the overwhelming scholarly consensus is that Paul is not the author of Hebrews. Still the connection to Paul is difficult for Hebrews to shake. Even if Paul did not write Hebrews, there is some connection—even if just merited by the epistle’s canonical placement immediately after Paul’s letters—that is significant. Surprisingly, in recent decades little scholarly attention has been devoted to investigating this connection.

This research group explores the relationship between Hebrews and the Pauline tradition. While Hebrews must be able to speak on its own terms, historical and canonical imperatives call for it to be read alongside Paul’s letters.


Hebrews and the Pauline Tradition 
3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Governor's Square 11 (Plaza Tower - Concourse Level) - Sheraton Downtown (SD)

For 2022 we have invited papers that engage with specific texts or themes in Hebrews and the Pauline Epistles. These papers may include a direct comparison of two texts or an examination of how the two authors appeal to other texts and traditions (e.g., early Jewish literature). For more information, please contact Madison Pierce ([email protected]) and Bryan Dyer ([email protected]).

Bryan R. Dyer, Baker Academic/Calvin University, Welcome

Cynthia Long Westfall, McMaster Divinity College
Am I Not an Apostle? Authorship and the Signs of an Apostle (25 min)

Julie Leyva, Duke University
Faith in Many and Various Ways: Abraham’s Πίστις in Paul and Hebrews (25 min)

Paul T. Sloan, Houston Baptist University
What Could the Law Not Do? Paul and Hebrews on the Law’s Incapacity to Resurrect Mortal Humans (25 min)

Amy L. B. Peeler, Wheaton College (Illinois)
Discipline of the Body
(25 min)

Discussion (20 min)