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Pauline Epistles

Epistles: An epistle is a composition or literary work written in letter form that is long, formal, and intended for instruction, to teach, or bring a moral lesson to a particular audience.

The Pauline Epistles were letters from Paul to various start-up churches of first century Christianity. Paul, a devout Jew was a persecutor of the early Christian church at large. Paul saw early Christians as a bunch of crazy cult people who were a danger to the sanctity of the Jewish faith and blasphemers of God. Paul loved God and it was his mission to do away with people such as these. One day while Paul was en route to take down more Christians he had an encounter with God on the road to Damascus and God revealed to him that Jesus was indeed the long-awaited Messiah,the Son of God, and the only way to salvation. Paul converted to the very thing he had been so dead against and made it his new mission in life to spread the good news of the gospel of Christ anywhere God led him to go. Paul basically was a traveling evangelist starting seed churches all over the Mediterranean area from Italy to Greece and places beyond. Peter, one of the original twelve disciples of Jesus is said to have been called to minister to the Jews and Paul is said to have been called to minister to the Gentiles (heathens, pagans, non-Jews).

Paul’s Pastoral Epistles are addressed to pastors of certain churches and focus on Christian living, doctrine, and leadership:

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