The book of Romans, written to the church in Rome, shows the New Covenant that has been created through the death and resurrection of Jesus. The Book of Romans, attributed to the apostle Paul lays the groundwork for salvation. The Book of Romans is part of the seven undisputed letters of Paul, and this article will give a brief case for Pauline authorship.
Romans starts with a claim to authorship by Paul. Romans 1:1 says,
Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God.Romans 1:1
There is no debate on the authorship of Romans, and it is widely accepted that Paul is the source of Romans. According to scholars Norman Geisler and William Nix, Romans was cited or alluded to by Clement of Rome around 96 AD, Polycarp around 110-130 AD, Justin Martyr around 150 AD, and just about every other early church father.
While there is no question regarding Pauline authorship, there are questions regarding who literally put the pen to the paper. There is a good chance that Paul had a scribe write down what he dictated because of Paul’s vision problems.
2 Corinthians 12:7 attests to a “thorn in the flesh” that effects Paul. Galatians 4:15 attests to this same idea when it seems like the Galatians would give Paul eyes if they could, and Acts 23 attests to Paul having difficulties recognizing the High Priest. Numerous texts that suggest Paul may have had vision issues.
Additionally, Romans 16:22 says that:
I, Tertius, who wrote down this letter, greet you in the Lord.Romans 16:22
The question of who is the source of Romans isn’t debated among secular or Christian scholars, the answer is Paul. Paul most likely dictated the letter and his words were copied down by a scribe, Tertius. Romans is part of the 7 undisputed epistles attributed to Paul. Romans has been attributed to Paul by apostolic fathers before the end of the second century. Romans has been always apart of the canon and the internal writing style is the same as the other Pauline epistles. So it is very safe to conclude that Paul is the author of Romans.
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