letters attributed to the apostle Paul (Romans - Philemon).
Paul was one of the
most important early Christian missionaries. The story of his work and travels
is told in the book of Acts. During his
travels Paul wrote letters or epistles to various congregations
and individuals. These letters are the oldest extant Christian writings.
Thirteen letters are attributed to Paul: Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2
Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians,
Colossians, 1 Thessalonians,
2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy,
2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon. The epistles
are similar in form. They regularly begin by identifying the sender and
recipients, and extending greetings. This is often followed by a thanksgiving
and prayer. The body of each letter deals with specific issues that confront
the congregation or person to whom Paul is writing. Personal remarks and
greetings appear at the conclusion of the letters. Although all of these
works bear Pauls name, some question whether Paul wrote Ephesians,
Colossians, 2 Thessalonians and the three Pastoral Epistles
1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus.