Well this is exciting news.The Epistle to the Hebrews has long been a highly regarded part of the Christian canon. Over the years, many different authors have been proposed, from Paul to Luke to Barnabas to Apollos. But none of those have been fully convincing.
But now we know just who the author is. The news broke in both today's New York Times and NPR. The news is buried in their articles about George Whitman, the Paris bookseller and cultural beacon.
Here's the Times:
He welcomed visitors with large-print messages on the walls. “Be not inhospitable to strangers, lest they be angels in disguise,” was one, quoting Yeats. Next to a wishing well at the center of the store, a sign said: “Give what you can, take what you need. George.” By his own estimate, he lodged some 40,000 people.
There you have it. William Butler Yeats wrote Hebrews! I'll admit it. I'm a bit surprised by this news.