How much of the New Testament was written by Paul?

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A Christian pastor said, I’ve never liked Paul. What are his epistles? They are just letters to people. We only have the one side of them, so we have to guess what he’s talking about anyway.

If he believes what he’s saying, this man just placed himself above the Scriptures, teaching something seemingly in violation of John 1.1-3, 2 Timothy 3.16, and especially James 4:11 which reads,

Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of [his] brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.(James 4:11)

The New Testament and the Apostle Paul

These professing Christians who are so quick to throw out and malign the Apostle Paul are everywhere, in every supposedly conservative Bible-believing denomination. It got me wondering, just how much of the New Testament are they pooh-poohing?

Here’s the answer: 28 percent of the New Testament was written by the Apostle Paul.

That’s a big chunk of the Bible to be throwing in the garbage. Another gospel? Maybe so. What do you think?

The numbers

How much of the New Testament scriptures were written by the Apostle Paul?

Based on the word counts of the 1769 edition of KJV from Bible stats, here’s how it works out:

Paul wrote 50190/179011 or 28% of the NT.

Book Words
Romans 9422 words
1 Corinthians 9462 words
2 Corinthians 6046 words
Galatians 3084 words
Ephesians 3022 words
Philippians 2183 words
Colossians 1979 words
1 Thessalonians 1837 words
2 Thessalonians 1022 words
1 Timothy 2244 words
2 Timothy 1666 words
Titus 896 words
Philemon 430 words
Hebrews 6897 words

Total words written by Paul: 50,190 words Total words in the New Testament: 179,011

So Paul wrote 50190/179011 or 28% of the NT.

Comments

Comments

Reading that hurt me. I love Paul, he is my brother. The message that God gave him to write to his beloved brethren/Gods beloved children, is such a wonderful message of Gods glorious grace, mercy, and love. Since they discount the word that God gave to Paul, they disbelieve all of Gods Word, because God gave Paul supernatural understanding to explain His grace and the work that Jesus Christ did for us on the cross by the very words that God gave him to write. All of the Scripture is ultimately about Jesus Christ, His wonderful love and grace to us, and our need of His redeeming love. And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. Revelation 19:10 Thank you for sharing this Alec. Blessings to you through Jesus Christ. Amen!

Thank you for posting this site. How thankful we should be that though we are flesh and blood yet God somehow made us in his image. All of his creation is a reflection of his great power and love. Who are we that God is mindful of us? Why should he have such unfathomable love for such a fathomable creature as me. But then again all things are fathomable to him who searches every heart and so easily discerns every element of his creatures.

Paul wrote Hebrews, eh? ;–) Guess that settles a very long-running debate…

More seriously, I appreciate you giving these word counts…I heard someone say that Paul wrote 65% of the NT and that didn’t seem right, so I wanted to check and Mr. Google sent me here. So thanks, and blessings!

In Christ, Jeff

I actually came here to find out about something g I’ve been struggling with. I take the bible as a whole and not a buffet lunch, but I’ve been feeling a bit down about the domination of the collection of Paul’s writings and not so much a wider ‘variety’ of authors. Please can you help me in any way to know how to understand why so many of his writing a were chosen above others

Hi Danielle,

Orthodox Christians have always considered all the writings of the Old and New Testaments to be of Divine authorship. The choice of which writings were accepted and which were not was not based on the domination of a human writer - but on recognition of the Divine origin. The Apostle Paul’s writings were accepted because the Christians of the time and of all the centuries since have recognized them as having the quality of authenticity that makes them God’s Word. They are God’s Words. The writings which are of clearly human origin alone were not accepted into the canon and are not part of the Old or New Testaments.

The people who hate Paul’s writings are the same ones who reject the first chapters of Genesis.

The Bible stands or falls as a complete package.

May God continue to lead you into His truth.

Alec