The Conversion of St. Paul 25 January 2017

THE CONVERSION OF THE APOSTLE PAUL
(JANUARY 25)
On January 25 we remember how Saul (or Paul) of Tarsus, formerly an enemy and persecutor of the early Christian Church, was led by God’s grace to become one of its chief spokesmen.

detail of the Conversion of Paul, by Peter BruegelOur chief sources of information about the Apostle Paul are (1) several of his own letters, preserved for us in the New Testament, and (2) the account of him given by Luke in the book of Acts.
One naturally asks whether we can be sure that the letters attributed to Paul are in fact his. A partial answer is that a forger would run into difficulty. If he wrote a letter, say, to the church at Corinth during Paul’s lifetime, and signed Paul’s name, the Corinthians would naturally mention it the next time they sent a message to Paul, and Paul would naturally reply: “What are you talking about? I never wrote anything like that!” If a letter supposedly to Corinth were circulated after Paul’s death, sooner or later a copy would reach Corinth, and the members of the church there would ask, “If Paul wrote this letter and sent it to us while he lived, how does it happen that no one here has ever heard of it?” Thus, it would be difficult to obtain credence for a forged letter to a congregation. This argument does not apply to a letter to an individual (such as Timothy or Titus). Moreover, it arguably does not apply to the Letter to the Ephesians. Although some ancient copies of this letter begin:

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints who are [at Ephesus and] faithful in Christ Jesus:

Source: The Conversion of St. Paul


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