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Second Thessalonians: The ABCs

Authorship, Background, and Contents  Authorship Second Thessalonians claims to be written by the apostle Paul, but it is sometimes grouped among the “disputed” letters; that is, its genuineness as a letter of the apostle is doubted, on the basis of internal evidence. “External evidence” refers to the historical data, such as quotations by other early […]

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The Epistle to the Hebrews: The ABCs

Authorship, Background, and Contents     Authorship   The Epistle to the Hebrews begins with a formal opening like that of a speaker who has already been introduced and therefore does not identify himself. Even after hundreds of years of scholarly inquiry, the authorship of Hebrews remains unknown. Some have asserted Hebrews shares similarities with […]

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Paul’s Letter to the Galatians: The ABCs

Authorship, Background, and Contents of Galatians    Authorship   Paul’s authorship of Galatians has never seriously been questioned. It is quoted or alluded to in 1 Peter. References occur in many of the earliest Christian texts, including the Epistle of Barnabas, 1 Clement, and the Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians; also in the writings […]

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The Gospel of John: The ABCs

Authorship, Background, and Contents of Johns Gospel   Authorship   Though the names traditionally assigned to the four gospels go back to earliest Christian times — Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John — it is true that none of the four actually names its author. We have accepted the identities of the authors on other grounds, […]

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Paul’s Letter To The Colossians: The ABC’s Authorship, Background, & Contents

Authorship  The letter opens with “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae” (1:1-2). In the early Christian centuries, there were no controversies over the authorship or authenticity of this letter. Questions about Paul’s authorship only arose for […]