Paul and Jesus
Paul’s letters were written before the Gospels.
Commentators have noted that Paul makes few references to episodes in the life
of Jesus. He cites Jesus’ crucifixion but says nothing about his birth in the
city of Bethlehem. He affirms Jesus’ resurrection but never mentions Jesus’
miracle at Cana. We wonder whether Paul knew about the biographical details of
Jesus’ life or considered them unimportant in preaching the mission of
In his letters Paul quotes Jesus only once: “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). No one knows whether Paul actually heard those words or whether he borrowed them from a book of Jesus' sayings. Scripture scholars have long believed that a book of quotations must have existed in the early days of the church. The Gospel writers seem to have used such a source in composing their accounts.