All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
What scripture existed at the time that this was written? Only the Old Testament. They were the only scriptures. What makes up the new “testament” was not yet scripture, they were letters. Let that sink in. Current letters of the time.
Galatians 1:8, NIV: “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!”
A gospel. (the record of Jesus’ life and teaching in the first four books of the New Testament.) These books were recorded (as evidence) …The Gospel of Mark probably dates from c. AD 66–70, Matthew and Luke around AD 85–90, and John AD 90–110. Despite the traditional ascriptions, all four are anonymous and most scholars agree that none were written by eyewitnesses.
So who wrote the letters to Timothy? Paul. ( The actual author of First Timothy has been traditionally identified as the Apostle Paul. He is named as the author of the letter in the text). Modern scholars generally place its composition some time in the late 1st century or first half of the 2nd century AD, with a wide margin of uncertainty. In fact, there is uncertainty regarding Paul’s authorship. Modern critical scholars argue that 2 Timothy, as well as the other two so-called ‘pastoral letters’ (1 Timothy and Titus), was not written by Paul but by an anonymous author, sometime between 90 and 140 AD.[
NOW Galatians. A majority of scholars agree that Galatians was written between the late 40s and early 50s,although some date the original composition to c. 50–60.
Now Paul, the author (claimed). Generally regarded as one of the most important figures of the Apostolic Age, he founded several Christian communities in Asia Minor and Europe from the mid-30s to the mid-50s AD.
SO according to Christians, Jesus died at 33. The current calendar 0 year, his birth - so about 33CE.
The Old Testament scriptures existed. Old. Paul apparently was setting up congregations almost after his (Jesus) death to a decade later.
Prior to Paul’s conversation story, he was a Pharisee.
He would have been alive, persecuting when Jesus was alive and wandering around - yet he sure wasn’t called to be an apostle then. Nope. In fact he had no personal contact with Jesus while he was on earth. AND he records conflicts (his letters) with two that claimed (or Christians accept did) have a personal knowledge of and direct apostleship from Jesus, Peter and James (wouldn’t they have a more accurate understanding of gospel? Galatians quoted above)…
My question is, in light of this Paul figure - his claims, background, etc WHY are his letters now accepted as “scripture”. His claims and insights are no different than later claims by man (ie Mohammed) or Joseph Smith (Mormon).