Pauline Letters

The thirteen 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 Paul’s name, some question whether Paul wrote Ephesians, Colossians, 2 Thessalonians and the three “Pastoral Epistles” 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus.


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