That Paul authored Romans is largely, if not entirely, beyond dispute. However, the date and location of his writing are both small matters of discussion, these usually undertaken with reference to the book of Acts. By comparing Paul’s travels in Acts with textual clues within Romans, we may discern the location and date of his writing with confidence.
Paul, the author of the New Testament book of Romans, introduces himself as an “apostle” in Romans 1:1. Since the word “apostle” (Greek, apostolos) is no longer used much in general conversation, it might be helpful to explain what he meant by the term and what it means for Christians today.