New Testament Overview

The Pauline Epistles

The Pauline Epistles

@ by J. Hampton Keathley, III {original source}

Having finished the survey of the historical books (the Gospels and Acts), we now come to the twenty-one epistles of the New Testament, twenty-two if one includes Revelation as an epistle (which in reality it is [see Rev. 1:4]). Because of its unique apocalyptic nature, however, in this survey we are distinguishing it as The Prophetic Book of the New Testament.
Pauline Introduction
  arrow Introduction/Menu  
  arrow {401} Background of Paul  
  arrow {402} Conversion of Paul  
  arrow {403} Distinctive Emphases of Paul’s Epistles  
Pauline Epistles
  arrow {404} Romans  
  arrow {405} First Corinthians  
  arrow {406} Second Corinthians  
  arrow {407} Galatians  
The Prison Epistles
  arrow {408} Introduction  
  arrow {409} Ephesians  
  arrow {410} Philippians  
  arrow {411} Colossians  
  arrow {412} First Thessalonians  
  arrow {413} Second Thessalonians  
The Pastoral Epistles
  arrow {414} Introduction  
  arrow {415} First Timothy  
  arrow {416} Second Timothy  
  arrow {417} Titus  
  arrow {418} Philemon  

The Epistles are generally divided into the Pauline Epistles and the Non-Pauline (General) Epistles. Paul’s epistles fall into two categories: nine epistles written to churches (Romans to 2 Thessalonians) and four pastoral and personal epistles (1 and 2 Timothy, Titus and Philemon). This is then followed by eight Hebrew Christian epistles (Hebrews to Jude). Naturally, many questions would arise as to the meaning and application of the gospel for Christians. Thus, the Epistles answer these questions, give the interpretation of the person and work of Christ, and apply the truth of the gospel to believers.

Sources outside the New Testament that mention Paul include:

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