There are those who suggest that chapter 16 is a later addition to an originally shorter epistle to the Romans.
It strikes me that arguments against the originality of Romans 16 based upon what we do/don't know about the individuals mentioned therein are arguments that beg the question they are supposed to be answering; I also am unaware of any manuscript evidence for this theory (but please point out any if I've missed it!).
The end of chapter 15 is a somewhat fitting concluding thought though--should this be understood to be the conclusion?
That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed. Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen. (Romans 15:32-33)
There follows the commendation of Phoebe, numerous greetings, some final counsel, and:
To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen. (Romans 16:27)
- What evidence suggests Romans 16:27 was the original ending?
- Why do some claim that 16:27 is not the original ending?