Simon/Peter/Cephas

Dearest in Christ,

after contemplating information I read through the years I suddenly had a epiphany.  I was reading the fourth chapter of Acts when it occurred...

First, I have read several sources that argued for Peter being the author of Hebrews - which I didn't agree with, but lacked sufficient understanding to explain my reasoning. It was during this recent reading of Acts that the old information met with new insight - or new perspective...

We learn in the fourth chapter of Acts that John and Peter were perceived to be unlearned and unlettered! (Acts 4:13 specifically) What I had to ask myself, after looking into the original word meanings, was whether Peter indeed was capable of reading and (more importantly) writing Greek.  We know that Aramaic was his primary language and that he probably spoke at least enough Greek to address gentiles and Greek speaking Jews - that is a conversational knowledge of Greek.  But was Peter able to write Greek, especially at the level found in Hebrews and even that found in his letters?  My belief is no. I don't think that peter could write Greek, especially to the sophisticated level in Hebrews.  I believe, regarding the letters by his name, that either John Mark or Silas/Silvanus actually placed pen to parchment. 

To me it is most probable, and I am leaning towards Silas than John Mark.  Also, it seems to me that the writer of the gospel Mark (John Mark) was the recorder for the teachings of Peter - not pseudographical, but pseudonymous.  Mark was not present during the era of Jesus and the 12 chosen Apostles, but seems to have an extraordinary knowledge of events and happenings that preceded him.  This, to me, was due to Mark's recording of peter's experiences and knowledge because Peter could, again here, not write Greek.  And also, something I didn't mention earlier, is the mention of Silas as a "scribe" for Peter within the text of the letters named after him. 

Is my logic and the subsequent conclusions unfounded?

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  • Good question- perhaps you should post it on the "thinking Christians" group! 
     

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  • Seems I remember reading that the writer of Hebrews was a scribe being dictated the material.  But, to address  
     old information met with new insight - or new perspective..., don't you just love it when that happens?!  I know God is talking to me for sure when that happens.    God bless all.

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