Unbelieving biblical scholars like Bart Ehrman leverage the science of historical criticism to cast doubt on the reliability of Scripture by calling into question the traditionally accepted authorship of biblical books. For example, Ehrman argues that the Pastoral Epistles—1 and 2 Timothy, and Titus—are pseudepigrapha, letters falsely attributed to Paul by anonymous authors, and he claims something of a scholarly consensus as support, even from among believing scholars. However, their conclusions by no means go unchallenged by defenders of Pauline authorship, and the debate rages on. This paper analyzes and compares evidence offered for and against Pauline authorship of the Pastoral Epistles, and concludes that the apostle Paul is likely to have written them.
Date, Christopher M.
"By Command of God Our Savior: A Defense of the Pauline Authorship of the Pastoral Epistles,"
Diligence: Journal of the Liberty University Online Religion Capstone in Research and Scholarship: Vol. 1
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.liberty.edu/djrc/vol1/iss1/5