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Pauline Epistles

Of the twenty-seven documents making up the NT canon, thirteen are epistles or letters bearing the name of Paul. Possibly the majority of these letters are the oldest writings in the NT. Since Paul was called from the day of his conversion to be Christ's Apostle to the Gentiles, his letters form our primary sources of information about primitive Gentile Christianity, and they shed some incidental but welcome light on the early Jewish mission too. Yet the earliest of them dates from a time when Paul had been a Christian and herald of the Gospel for fifteen years; his extant correspondence comes from the second half of his apostolic career.