Paul the Apostle: Paul's Letters from Prison. Philippians, Colossians, Philemon and Ephesians

J.L. Houlden, Penguin Books, London 1970

* 3, Tarsus, Cilicia (Turkey), † 64, Rome (Italy)

[...] About the rest of his life we know little from his letters, but from Acts 21ff. we learn that he was arrested in Jerusalem after Jewish opponents had raised a disturbance near the Temple. In due course, pleading Roman citizenship, he was transferred to Rome for trial. What happened between then and his death, perhaps over half a decade later, we do not know. Three of the letters dealt with in this volume may well come from this period of imprisonment, though it is impossible to be sure.[...] These letters have been traditionally grouped together because all come as from Paul the prisoner. There, it may be, the resemblance stops. We shall see reasons for wondering which imprisonment of Paul provides the occasion for the writing of Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon, and we shall show reason for thinking that Ephesians was not written by Paul at all but by a later disciple.[...], quoted from General introduction, J.L. Holden, pp.15-28

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