Who wrote the epistle to the Romans?
Paul wrote the book of Romans (Rom. 1:1) as his foundational book. Very few people have questioned Paul’s authorship. The vocabulary, dramatic style, logical development, and theological content are reflective of Paul’s other letters. Apparently Paul dictated this to a secretary named Tertius (Rom. 16:22).
When did Paul write Romans?
Paul wrote Romans in A.D. 57 when he was in Greece (Acts 20:3–6), more specifically in Corinth. Paul was living with Gaius (Rom. 16:23, 1 Cor. 1:14), and mentions Erastus, the treasurer of Corinth (Rom. 16:23).
How did the letter get to Rome?
After Paul finished writing the letter, there was a plot to kill Paul, so he went by way of Philippi to return to Jerusalem. He gave the letter to Phoebe, who was from a small church at Cenchrea near Corinth, and she forwarded the letter to Rome (Rom. 16:1–2).
Why is the book of Romans placed first among Paul’s writings?
Obviously Romans was not the first letter that Paul wrote, but it was considered his greatest work and is placed first among his letters because of its doctrinal prominence.
What is the main thrust of the book of Romans?
The book of Romans has the most systematic presentation of doctrine of any book in the Bible. But it is not just a theology book; it gives a logical examination of sin and an exposition of the death of Christ, His justification of sinners, and man’s response. The book also includes practical exhortations. The message of Jesus Christ is more than theology or a set of facts one must believe; it is the life of Jesus Christ, to be lived in godly holiness.
Elmer Towns, Bible Answers for Almost All Your Questions (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2003).