Genuine canonical texts

These three pastoral epistles were accepted as genuine by most of the ante-Nicene Church Fathers.  Some scholars have argued that the letters were certainly accepted as Pauline by the time of Irenaeus (130-202).  They were also included in the Muratorian fragment (170).  Marcion (85-165)’s theology would have been the cause of why he rejected these letters since it was incompatible with certain passages.  Certainly, these letters would be considered anti-Gnostic.  In the mid-second century there was a common belief that these letters were written by Paul.  Does it matter to you when these pastoral letters were written?

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