This is a very brief chronology of Paul’s letters, placing them within context with one another and his missionary journeys.The date of Galatians is debated but an early authorship is assumed here, making it the first letter written.

Explicit references would be mentioning the text or letter by name, or a recognizable form of that text.

Examples include a list of accepted biblical books, such as the Muratorian fragment, or the contents of an early manuscript, such as Papyrus 46.

Moreover, the unity of the letters is questioned by some scholars.

First and Second Corinthians have garnered particular suspicion, with some scholars, among them Edgar J.

It also assumes that the book of Acts was written by an actual traveling companion of Paul's.

Vocabulary, sentence structure, employment of idioms and common phrases, etc.

The primary methods used for Paul's letters are the following: This consists of what the author tells us about himself in the letter, either explicitly – the author clearly identifies himself – or implicitly – provides autobiographical details.

This evidence is important in spite of its problems.

Unfortunately, these witnesses are often either damaged or too late in date to provide much help.

Implicit references are quotation from Paul, especially indirect or unattributed, or expressing ideas and phrases that appear in his works.

On the other hand, lack of witness by ancient sources suggests a later date, an argument from silence.