Apr 8, 2020

The Thirteen Letters of Paul

I love the following statement from Luke Timothy Johnson's brand new book on Paul.
The canonical Paul is the term I use for the thirteen letters under his name that have been read in the church's worship and have been the basis for the church's debates over Christian belief and behavior. These thirteen letters should be what christian readers mean when they speak of "Paul," because apart from the Acts of the Apostles , they alone provide secure access to the historical circumstances of their composition, and they alone address present-day readers as the words of God's chosen vessel to bring the good news to the gentiles, among whom we stand" (Constructing Paul: The Canonical Paul, Volume 1 [Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 2020], xi).
It is so refreshing to see an academic affirmation of all thirteen letters. By the way, I suggest that one could also add the testimony of 2 Peter 3:15-16 to that of Acts. And yes, I believe that 2 Peter is Petrine.

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