Paul was well educated, a theologian, scholar of scripture AND firmly at home in Roman Helenistic culture. Literate and articulate, he was a good ambassador to spread the "way" of Jesus to both the Hebrew and Helenistic people who were interested in it. The church preaches so much of Paul for practical reasons - we have so much of his teaching preserved in writing, and it was written for the express purpose of teaching the "Christian" theology to people who were not familiar with it.
@TrelaH it's interesting to me that some people are so obsessed with the biblical Canon when so much of it was just letters people wrote to other people.
Like some people will quote that all scripture is god-breathed, but don't tell me Paul thought every letter he ever wrote was gonna be scripture.
Also to your point about being literate, I bet there were many great leaders of the early church who weren't literate and so we don't have their words
@Laura_I You're right! The Bible is a collection of stuff that people centuries ago agreed had some literary and spiritual merit, but I don't think most of those people considered them to be inerrant, nor completely factually and historically accurate, nor even theologically perfect. And they certainly never thought they were scientifically valid. They didn't even have notions of scientific validity at the time.
@TrelaH I've found it really freeing to think about what else could be in the biblical Canon today if it wasn't closed.
And honestly I've been spending more time on those resources, because I feel like my life has been so saturated by the current canon. I feel like I can't return to it until something has changed.
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