This is one in a series of articles for the jubilee year marking the bicentennial of the birth of St. Paul, apostle and martyr. The Pauline Year will be from June 28, 2008, to June 29, 2009.
Did you know that our St. Paul wrote almost half of the books of the New Testament?
Thirteen of the 27 books are letters that claim to have been written by St. Paul. In addition to these letters, the majority of the Acts of the Apostles is about Paul.
That is the summary of an article in the May/June 2008 issue of the Liguorian titled “To Whom in May Concern: Letters from Paul.”
By many estimates, Paul is responsible for the spread of Christianity into almost all the major cities of the Roman Empire.
Biblical scholars do not all agree on the thirteen letters in the New Testament attributed to Paul, the article explains. Virtually all of the scholars agree that seven were written by Paul himself. They are 1 Thessalonians, Philippians, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philemon and romans. Three others written while Paul was still alive, but by a disciple of Paul, are 2 Thessalonians, Ephesians and Colossians. Three others were written later than Paul by an unknown author. They are Titus and 1 Timothy and 2 Timothy.
At any rate, we listen to extended selections from Paul’s letters in the second reading during Sunday Mass.