Epistle To The Hebrews, one of the canonical books of the New Testament, addressed to converted Jews, and designed to dissuade them from relapsing into Judaism and to fortify them in the Christian faith. It aims to demonstrate the preeminence of Christ over Moses and the angels of the Lord, and of the gospel over the law, and to show that the latter was typical of the former, and was abolished by it. The epistle was addressed to a congregation of converted Jews, whether at Jerusalem or at some other place is still a controverted point. It is the opinion of most commentators that it was written between 64 and 66. The Greek fathers unanimously ascribed the epistle to Paul, and its Pauline authorship was generally accepted in the western church from the 5th century, though in the first three centuries no Latin writer attributed it to him. Among modern writers its Pauline origin has been defended by Stuart, Forster, Hug, and others. In Germany the tendency of opinion has been to ascribe it to some other author. Luther suggested Apollos, and has been followed by Bertholdt, De Wette, Bleek, and Tholuck. Bohme and Mynster ascribe it to Silas; others to Clement, Luke, or Barnabas. Among the best modern commentaries on this epistle are those by Stuart (1827), Bleek (1828), Tholuck (1836), Delitzsch (1850), Ebrard (included in Olshausen's commentary, 1850), Turner (1852), Moll (included in Lange's commentary,' 1861), Reuss (1862), and Ewald (1870).