chapter  11
The Pauline Corpus: Its Growth and Development
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I begin by observing that, by general scholarly agreement, not all the texts that the New Testament attributes to Paul were actually written by him.1 One can hardly accept that Paul really did write Hebrews, the Pastorals, Ephesians, Colossians and 2 Thessalonians. This leaves the central Pauline core of Romans, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians, Philemon and 1 Thessalonians. Yet even this reduced list is not without problems. We should ask whether such long letters are really possible and whether the corpus as it now stands has been interpolated at various points.2 There are also inconsistencies within and between the letters. This leaves some “uncertain areas” which it is unlikely will ever be solved to the final satisfaction of the scholarly community.