What are the Epistles?

The Epistles are the apostolic letters of the Bible. Epistles means letters. There are twenty-one epistles (letters) in the New Testament. They are further divided into two classes:

  • Paul’s epistles: totaling 14 (assuming he is the author of Hebrews)
  • General epistles: 3 by John, 2 by Peter, 1 by James, and 1 by Jude.

Paul’s Epistles

paul copyA great deal of the New Testament involves the ministry of Paul. He is considered among Biblical scholars to be perhaps the greatest Christian that has ever lived. Here are some of the important stories related to Paul’s journey and walk with Christ.

  • The Road To Damascus
  • Paul’s First Missionary Journey
  • Paul’s Second Missionary Journey
  • Paul’s Third Missionary Journey
  • Paul In Athens
  • Paul’s Journey To Rome
  • Paul In Rome

Paul’s epistles are arranged in the Bible according to the location of their recipients rather than the chronological order in which they were written. They were generally dictated by Paul to someone else who served as a scribe, with Paul adding a few words himself at the end. Paul is thought to have had poor eyesight. That was only a physical shortcoming as he had no problem at all in seeing truth in the Gospel.

Some biblical scholars disagree as to whether Paul was the author of Hebrews. Yet he may well have been, as numerous scholars believe, and for that reason Hebrews is included here among Paul’s epistles. If Paul did not author Hebrews, our apologies go out to whomever the real author was. Here is a list of Paul’s letters.

  • (Romans) — 16 chapters, written by Paul to the people of Rome
  • (1 Corinthians) — 16 chapters, written by Paul to the people of Corinth
  • (2 Corinthians) — 13 chapters, written by Paul to the people of Corinth
  • (Galatians) — 6 chapters, written by Paul
  • (Ephesians) — 6 chapters, written by Paul
  • (Philippians) — 4 chapters, written by Paul
  • (Colossians)  — 4 chapters, written by Paul
  • (1 Thessalonians)  — 5 chapters, written by Paul
  • (2 Thessalonians)  — 3 chapters, written by Paul
  • (1 Timothy)  — 6 chapters, written by Paul
  • (2 Timothy)  — 4 chapters, written by Paul
  • (Titus)  — 3 chapters, written by Paul
  • (Philemon)  — 1 chapter, written by Paul to Philemon
  • (Hebrews)  — 13 chapters, probably written by Paul, possibly someone else

The General Epistles

The general epistles are written to all Christians. They are not written specifically to any one or any group as were Paul’s letters. Of these, three were written by John, two by Peter, and one each by James and Jude.

  • (James) – 5 chapters, written by James
  • (1 Peter) – 5 chapters, written by Peter
  • (2 Peter) – 3 chapters, written by Peter
  • (1 John) – 5 chapters, written by John
  • (2 John) – 1 chapter, written by John
  • (3 John) – 1 chapter, written by John
  • (Jude) – 1 chapter, written by Jude

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