The Theology of Saint Paul Apostle to the Nations. From the Class Notes of Archimandrite Gerasimos Papadopoulus.
In our efforts to study the Theology of the Apostle Paul, it is necessary to follow the truths expressed and recorded in their historical manifestation and living development in the process of teaching and transmission. In this regard, the historical person of the Apostle Paulis himself a theological revelation.
Consequently, an attempt will be made to present, to the extent possible, in a unified system and a reasonable order, the theological thruths and prevalent ideas of the Apostle Paul as they have come to us in the Biblical sources and the living Tradition of the Church.
The written sources for the study of the Apostle Paul’s theology are basically the Book of Acts and his Foourteen Epistles. The acceptance of both the canonicity of these books of the New Testament and of the authenticity of the thruths contained in them by the Orthodox Church allows us to examine together all of the Epostles of St. Paul as well as the Book of Acts.