The Influence of the Pauline Epistles Upon The Gospels of The New Testament 1

The Influ­ence of the Pauline Epis­tles Upon The Gospels of The New Testament

Chris­tians believe that Paul of Tar­sus is the Apos­tle’ of Jesus(P), whom he met in a vision on his jour­ney to Dam­as­cus. Paul is also claimed to be the author of the Epis­tles to the Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthi­ans, Gala­tians, Eph­esians, Philip­pi­ans, Colos­sians, 1 and 2 Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans, 1 and 2 Tim­o­thy, Titus, Phile­mon and Hebrews. It is there­fore strange that this self-con­fessed Apos­tle’ of Jesus Christ fails to pay more atten­tion to the words of Jesus (P) him­self in his epis­tles. To what extent has the Pauline let­ters shaped the selec­tion of the gospels of the New Tes­ta­ment as canon today ? This arti­cle will exam­ine the evi­dence and present its con­clu­sions on the mat­ter, insha’allah.