Yeah of course His letters were shared, but it was amongst the Church. They didn't pass them out for everyone to figure out what Paul was saying....they didn't go to a potential convert and say, "psst, read this. Its the word of God"who="Liam " <quoted text>
Yeah lol. It just blows me away sometimes at the forceful ignorance it takes to be a born again fundamental Christian. Their whole Biblical concept is bizarre. You tell them that the Bible wasn't printed until 1452, and they plug their ears. They wanna believe every Christian had a copy on their night stand since the Apostles handed all the books out to the folks...I don't think the laity ever had possession of the scriptures before the protestant revolt. Or not many... The scriptures were in the Churches where Christians read them allowed during the Mass- like we still do today.
Anyway, 45,000 and counting since the books became available to the Chucks and Oldjgs.
You almost got it right. Though all of the books had not been compiled into one volumne, parts of it WERE read in the churches.
The book of Colossians was written to them, but Paul instructed that it also be read to the other churches. They exchanged the letters so that all could know the Word. Thankfully, we now can hold it in our hands, and study it.
Col 4:15 Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.
Col 4:16 And when this epistle (letter) is READ among you, cause that it BE READ ALSO in the church of the Laodiceans; and that you likewise READ the epistle (letter) from Laodicea.
These letters were shared, not chained to the pulpits as Rome did later.
Btw, Paul wrote at least two more letters that were either lost or destroyed. And what about the teachings of the other Apostles who didn't write? Do you think they went to a city and passed out the writings of Paul? Use your head, Kay. The Apostles set up a Church and it centered around the Eucharist. This Church is still visible today.