In the decades after Paul’s death, the apostle became central figure for some later Christian communities. Ye?
Yet writers in these later groups did not always agree with the apostle’s own ideas. A particularly contentious subject for early Christian interpreters of Paul centered on the importance of sexual relationships and family life as well as the role of women in Christian communities. How do Paul’s views on these subjects compare with Deutero-Pauline teachings on the same topics? Examine Paul’s treatment of these issues in (i.e. 1 Corinthians 7; 11:2-16; Galatians 3:28) with either 1) the “household codes” in Colossians (3:18-4:1) and Ephesians (5:21-6:9) or 2) the instructions on men, women, and family life found in the Pastoral letters (1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus). What social and historical reasons account for this shift in thought between the historical Paul and his later interpreters?
Peter said that what Paul wrote was scripture. Paul’s writings were to the church as it grew.