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The earliest surviving Christian documents are the letters of . The authorship of some letters (or "epistles") traditionally attributed to him is disputed, however. The so-called "undisputed" letters, in the order in which they appear in the New Testament, are:

  • Romans
  • 1 & 2 Corinthians
  • Galatians
  • Philippians
  • 1 Thessalonians
  • Philemon

The letters of "disputed" Pauline authorship are:

  • Ephesians
  • Colossians
  • 2 Thessalonians

The "Pastoral" epistles are widely regarded as "pseudonymous" by NT scholars:

  • 1 & 2 Timothy
  • Titus

The book of Hebrews is almost universally agreed not to be a product of Paul's writing.

For a scholarly orientation to this topic, see Stanley E. Porter, “Pauline Authorship and the Pastoral Epistles: Implications for Canon”, [pdf] Bulletin for Biblical Research 5 (1995): 105-123.

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