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9 - Paul’s Letters

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 March 2020

Calum Carmichael
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Cornell University, New York
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Over the sweep of (Christian) history, the Apostle Paul has been variously perceived. Whatever else one might know of or think about Paul, by virtue of the fact that thirteen of the twenty-seven documents in the New Testament bear his name, he is widely known as a (skilled) writer (of letters). The purpose of this essay is to orient readers to and to guide readers through the Pauline Letters. Following a succinct introduction to Paul the letter writer, his letters are considered in the following order: Galatians, Romans, 1-2 Corinthians, 1-2 Thessalonians, Philippians, Philemon, Colossians, Ephesians, Titus, 1 Timothy, and 2 Timothy. A brief conclusion follows this contextual, non-chronological treatment of the Pauline Letter corpus, meant both to facilitate and to commend a reading of the letters themselves.

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Print publication year: 2020

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Further Reading

Barclay, John M. G., Paul: A Very Brief History (London, 2018).Google Scholar
Dunn, James D. G., ed., The Cambridge Companion to St. Paul (Cambridge, 2003).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Gray, Patrick, Paul as a Problem in History and Culture: The Apostle and His Critics through the Centuries (Grand Rapids, 2016).Google Scholar
Horrell, David G., An Introduction to the Study of Paul, 3rd ed. (London, 2015).Google Scholar
Longenecker, Bruce W. and Still, Todd D., Thinking through Paul: An Introduction to His Life, Letters, and Theology (Grand Rapids, 2014).Google Scholar
Meeks, Wayne A., The First Urban Christians: The Social World of the Apostle Paul, 2nd ed. (New Haven, CT, 2003).Google Scholar
Roetzel, Calvin J., The Letters of Paul: Conversations in Context, 6th ed. (Louisville, 2015).Google Scholar
Weima, Jeffrey A. D., Paul the Ancient Letter Writer: An Introduction to Epistolary Analysis (Grand Rapids, MI, 2016).Google Scholar
Witherington, Ben, The Paul Quest: The Renewed Search for the Jew of Tarsus (Grand Rapids, MI, 2001).Google Scholar
Wright, N. T., Paul: A Biography (San Francisco, 2018).Google Scholar

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  • Paul’s Letters
  • Edited by Calum Carmichael, Cornell University, New York
  • Book: The Cambridge Companion to the Bible and Literature
  • Online publication: 13 March 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108386081.010
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  • Paul’s Letters
  • Edited by Calum Carmichael, Cornell University, New York
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  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108386081.010
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  • Paul’s Letters
  • Edited by Calum Carmichael, Cornell University, New York
  • Book: The Cambridge Companion to the Bible and Literature
  • Online publication: 13 March 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108386081.010
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