"I, Tertius, who wrote this epistle..."
Text: Romans 16:22
THE AUTHOR OF THE EPISTLE TO THE ROMANS
The authorship of the epistle to the Romans is unquestionable! The following internal features establish Pauline authorship of Romans:-
1. Declaration at the commencement of the Epistle
Paul identifies himself as the author by putting his name down, at the very beginning of his epistle (Cf. Romans 1:1).
2. The use of the first person pronoun (singular)
This is most noticeable (Cf. Romans 9:1; 10:1; 11:1; 12:1) etc!
3. The manner of writing
The following traits are typically Pauline:-
a) Great theological knowledge and skill.
b) Obvious and deep spiritual insight.
c) Great energy and vigour.
d) Strong reference to the ministry to the Gentiles.
e) A stout sense of love for the Jews.
f) Strongly Christological.
THE USE OF AN AMANUENSIS
How then may we interpret the following text? Who was Tertius?
“I, Tertius, who wrote this epistle, greet you in the Lord”