Who is the mysterious writer of the letter to the Hebrews in the Christian New Testament? Traditionally, it’s been
Author Latayne C. Scott gives us a fascinating glimpse into the world of the first Christians, Gentile Roman life, and womanhood in this masterful intertwining of historical data and imagination. What were life and church like for 1st century Christians? How did Jewish believers in Jesus as Messiah and Gentile
Church tradition tells us Apostle Paul wrote the Epistle to the Hebrews – but did he?
Greek scholars consider the writing of the Hebrews Epistle to be more polished and eloquent than any other book in the New Testament. It was written for Jewish Christians, exhorting them to persevere in the face of persecution. It also revealed some hidden mysteries which surely did sit well for some.
Early church historian Eusebius of Caesarea preserved for us what the early churches thought of the authorship of the Hebrews Epistle:
There has reached us also a dialogue of Caius, a very learned man, which was held at Rome under Zephyrinus, with Proclus, who contended for the Phrygian heresy. InEusebius Pamphilius: Church History, Ch XX. vs.3
thishe curbs the rashness and boldness of his opponents in setting forth new Scriptures. He mentions only thirteen epistles of the holy apostle, not counting that to the Hebrews with the others. And unto our day there are some among the Romans who do not consider this a work of the apostle.
We may never receive a decisive consensus on whether Paul wrote the Epistle to the Hebrews. Regardless, it remains an admired work of literature written under the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit.He became mine through words. I could not, I was convinced, have loved him more if I had seen his flesh – @Latayne #ConspiracyOfBreath #AmReading #bookreview #HistoricalFiction #Christian #Goodreads Click To Tweet
What would it be like to be a human pen for the Holy Breath of God?
Silver Medal Winner, Readers’ Favorite Book Award Winner; Finalist, International Book Awards.
In a critically-acclaimed, controversial and provocative literary work, award-winning author Latayne C. Scott examines: What would it have been like to be a woman, a Gentile, and someone onto whom the Holy Breath moved — to produce what became the mysterious Epistle to the Hebrews in the Bible?
About the Author:
Dr. Latayne C. Scott is the author of hundreds of articles and 20 published books, including The Mormon Mirage (Zondervan); Latter-day Cipher (Moody), Discovering the City of Sodom (Howard/Simon & Schuster, 2011, with Dr. Steven Collins); and multiple volumes in TSU Press’s Doorway Documents series.
A Conspiracy of Breath by Latayne C. Scott
In A Conspiracy of Breath, Scott wondrously weaves together historical data and imagination to produce a marvelous story of what could have been the lives and thoughts of people who participated in the momentous, world-changing event known as the birth of Christianity.
I often think of the people who have contributed to our common history but remain unknown. Scott gifts us
It is difficult for our 21st-century western minds to imagine the extraordinary circumstances taking place during this unique intersection of human history – the Christian claim that the Jewish God had invaded our world in the form of a Man, was HaMashiach and had come to redeem Israel and Gentile alike.
What were the implications of this? Not only for the faithful Jewish but also the non-believing skeptics and pagan worshippers? What would it be like to suddenly find yourself a female “God-fearer” caught between these worlds?
What was it like to have a part in the “conspiracy” of The Breath?
A Holy Breath that breathes words to you and into you; compelling you to preserve them as symbols for future generations. A conspiracy you did not ask for and have no control over. One which propels you from one cresting wave to another before depositing you onto the shores of a land profoundly foreign to you.
Scott captures the mystery, wonder, and danger of the era in this literary treasure which is surely on par with C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia or John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. She writes with a lyrical precision that mesmerizes and transports the reader into the world of the forefathers and foremothers of our faith. Her elegance with language paints the vivid imagery necessary to tell these stories.
I love when a work of fiction transports me through time, giving me a view of life through the lens of those who have gone before us. A Conspiracy of Breath will captivate you and leave you breathless for more.
I’d love to hear what you think
How important are words to our history and soul? Have you wondered what it would be like to be one of the human pens for the Holy Breath of God? Or the collision of worlds in the 1st-century Church and what the implications for today’s church would be if a book of the Bible was written by a woman?
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Resources I Recommend:
If you’d like to learn more about the Epistle to the Hebrews you might enjoy The Epistle to the Hebrews (Eerdmans Classic Biblical Commentaries) by F. F. Bruce. Bruce is widely regarded as both an exegetical scholar and church historian.
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