Letters Written in Paul’s Name

Excellent summary of the reasons why scholars doubt Paul wrote all the letters attributed to him.

The Jesus Memoirs

The Disputed Pauline Epistles and the Pastorals

Initial Questions:

Pseudonymity: literally means “false name.”What possible motivations might an anonymous individual have to write in the name of a prophet or an apostle?  Here is an example of writings in Peter’s name:  1 Peter, 2 Peter, Gospel of Peter, the Apocalypse of Peter, the Kerygmata Petrou, and the Letter of Peter to Philip.

Do you have ethical or theological issues if some New Testament writings were written in the name of someone else or were there different standards in the ancient world? Although some scholars insist that this constitutes forgery (cf. Bart Ehrman), others have found a variety of justifications for the practice. This may include the Jewish practice of attributing works to the fount of the tradition (e.g., Law of Moses, Psalms of David, Wisdom of Solomon), the convention of ascribing apocalyptic texts to ancient authorities, the attribution of…

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  1. To be honest, I’m really not persuaded by any of these arguments for forgeries in the NT.

    “Do you have ethical or theological issues if some New Testament writings were written in the name of someone else or were there different standards in the ancient world?”

    If I believed that the Bible contained forgeries I would be bothered. And yes, I’m well aware of what the “majority of scholars” think on this one.

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  2. I just noticed something visiting this mans blog a second time and looking in the About Me section. We went to the same University! We just took different things. He took a Master of Arts in Religious Studies and I took a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. Also, the University where he got his BA is only a 5 minute drive from the neighbourhood I grew up in. Small world we live in.

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