Many people are surprised to learn that the Gospels and Epistles weren’t written contemporaneously with the life of Jesus. This list begins with the earliest document, First Thessalonians in 50 CE, and concludes with the Second Letter of Peter dated around 120 CE. In between are many surprises that might challenge how you look at the New Testament.
The New Testament includes 14 letters traditionally attributed to the Apostle Paul. Of these, only seven are considered authentic. Beginning in 50 CE and written over a span of eight years, they include First Thessalonians, Galatians, First Corinthians, Philemon, Philippians, Second Corinthians and Romans. This collection of letters reflects the oldest and only attributable documents in the New Testament canon. They are arranged here in chronological order using the King James Version.
A prolific writer of books, pamphlets, essays and poems, Max Ehrmann is today known almost exclusively for this prose poem, Desiderata. It was first published in 1927 and received little notice. In 1956, the rector of Saint Paul’s Church in Baltimore, Maryland, included Desiderata in a compilation of devotional materials. The compilation included the church’s foundation date: “Old Saint Paul’s Church, Baltimore A.D. 1692.” Since that time, the poem’s authorship has been obscured and its date generally believed to be 1692.
Dale Wimbrow was a composer, radio performer and writer. In 1934, the American Magazine posted a question from an eighteen-year-old reader. The reader asked, “One good reason, please, why an ambitious young man should be honest.” Wimbrow, with an accomplished lyricist’s precision, answered with his poem, The Guy in the Glass. The poem was instantly popular but over the years became attributed to “anonymous” rather than Wimbrow. The poem is presented here and you can read more about the remarkable Dale Wimbrow in this Conversations in Management article.
On Friday, September 25th, 2015, Pope Francis addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. This is a transcript of the address as prepared for delivery and translated by the Vatican.