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The Epistles

The Epistles Are Letters to the Early Christian Churches and Believers


The Epistles

Saint Paul Writing His Epistles

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The Epistles are letters written to the fledgling churches and individual believers in the earliest days of Christianity. The Apostle Paul wrote the first 13 of these letters, each addressing a specific situation or problem. In terms of volume, Paul's writings constitute about one-fourth of the entire New Testament.

Four of Paul's letters, the Prison Epistles, were composed while he was confined in prison. Three letters, the Pastoral Epistles, were directed toward church leaders, Timothy and Titus, and discuss ministerial matters.

The Pauline Epistles

The General Epistles

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