The Pauline Epistles I

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Our source of knowledge of the apostolic work of Paul comes first from the Book of Acts. The epistles written by Paul serve to further our knowledge of his mission. These letters were written to churches that he had founded or churches that were known to him. Luke’s account of Paul introduces us to the basic facts about this important biblical figure. A more complete understanding of Paul’s journeys can be gleaned from his letters. These epistles were written almost at the time they occurred and they comprise some of the earliest works contained in the New Testament.

These letters had already been written when Luke wrote the Book of Acts, but a close reading indicates that they are independent of one another. Paul wrote letters to churches at Rome, Corinth, Galatia, Ephesus, Philippi, and Colossae. Paul wrote another epistle to the church at Thessalonica. The rest of his letters are commonly called ‘pastoral letters’ and were written to Timothy and Titus.

Paul wrote in 2nd Corinthians 11.28 “Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.” (KJV) Paul felt responsibility for the churches that he knew as well as the ones he established. Letter delivery in Paul’s time consisted of merchants and other travelers, going in the same direction as the mail, carrying letters. Government and military personnel also were entrusted with the task of mail delivery.

Paul wrote in the language known as Koine Greek. This was the language used during the time of his writing. It was Paul’s custom to have someone else write his letters for him.

Paul wrote in 2nd Thessalonians 2.2, that there was possibly ‘a letter allegedly from us’ in existence. Later in 2nd Thessalonians 3.17, he te...

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