Almost anyone who has read the Bible has read the Apostle Paul. Here are four things you might not know about Paul’s letters:
1. Paul’s letters were long.
The average private letter in the Greco-Roman world was 90 words long, and the average literary letter was 200 words long. Typically, a letter would fit on one papyrus sheet—or roughly the size of a piece of paper in a modern notebook. By comparison, Paul’s letters average around 1,300 words. Paul’s shortest letter (to Philemon) is 335 words long, and his longest letter (to the Romans) is 7,114 words long.
2. Some of Paul’s letters were for private audiences.
Although many of Paul’s letters were written for communal audiences, a few of his letters were written only to individuals:
Because these letters are written to provide counsel to leaders in the church, they are usually referred to as the Pastoral Epistles.
3. Paul didn’t write his own letters
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