Pauline Authorship Introductory Review.

Bishop's Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy


Co-authorship with Paul’s undisputed letters:

Contemporary scholarship holds that more than half of the letters attributed to Paul were co-sent by one or more associates. The epistles of 1 and 2 Corinthians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, Philemon and Galatians are believed to fall within this category. These associates of Paul’s would have delivered his epistles to their destinations and in all likeliness interpreted them for the audiences. The letters: Romans, Ephesians, and the Pastoral Epistles (1 and 2 Timothy and Titus) do not claim co-senders. Such travel for Paul’s associates was quite efficient due to the Roman Empire’s 50 thousand mile long paved road system that made foot travel generally much easier and safer (4). Travellers, usually hired for people sending letters and other contents, would mostly have been slaves, family members or friends.

Since it is possible that these co-senders interpreted Paul’s letters for audiences, we should…

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