St. Paul was not one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus. Nevertheless, his contribution to the New Testament was great. Besides the Four Gospels and the Book of Revelation, there are 21 Letters or Epistles in the New Testament. Of these 13 are attributed to St. Paul as the author.

The Letters/Epistles usually begin with a greeting and an identification of the sender and of the recipients. It is followed by a prayer, usually in the form of a thanksgiving. The body of the letter provides an exposition of Christian teaching, based on the specific problems or circumstances prevailing in the community.

Of the thirteen Letters attributed to St. Paul,

  • There are 9 Letters written to the communities:
    • Romans, I & II
    • Corinthians
    • Galatians
    • Ephesians
    • Philippians
    • Colossians, I & II
    • Thessalonians
  • There are 4 Letters written to the Individuals:
    • I & II Timothy,
    • Titus
    • Philemon
  • Of the 13 Letters of St. Paul
    • 4 of them are called “Captivity Letters”, because they were written while St. Paul was imprisoned:
      • Ephesians
      • Philippians
      • Colossians
      • Philemon
    • 3 of the Letters are known as “Pastoral Letters.” They are called so, because they were written to individuals, who were appointed as head (Bishops) of the community, about caring of the flock:
      • I & II Timothy
      • Titus
    • The other 6 Letters are known as doctrinal letters, because they teach doctrines of Christian faith.
      • Romans
      • I & II Corinthians
      • Galatians
      • I & II Thessalonians

With this brief introduction to the Letter of St. Paul, I will share with you, next, the theme explained in each of the Letters.

May The Word of God be the light to our life

Fr. Arul Joseph V.


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