Here we have gathered a small selection of articles that should provide students and others with a useful introduction to Paul and his Epistles. Begin with this chapter from Sanders’s Very Short Introduction:
In Paul: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001): 1-8 [PDF]
Then go on with this excellent introduction to Paul’s life and letters by Steve Mason and Thomas Robinson:
In: Early Christian reader: Christians texts from the first and second centuries in contemporary English translations including the New Revised Standard Version of the New Testament. (Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers, 2004): 23-32 [PDF]
You may wish to continue by watching some video and listening to some audio here:
You may also find the following helpful:
F. F. Bruce, “St. Paul in Rome, Part 1″. Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 46.2 (1964): 326-345.
F. F. Bruce, “St. Paul in Rome: 2. The Epistle to Philemon”. Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 48.1 (1965): 81-97.
F. F. Bruce, “St Paul in Rome: 3. The Epistle to the Colossians”. Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 48.2 (1966): 268-285.
F. F. Bruce, “St. Paul in Rome: 4. The Epistle to the Ephesians”. Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 49.2 (1967): 303-322.
F. F. Bruce, “St. Paul in Rome: 5. Concluding Observations”. Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 50.2 (1968): 262-279.
F. Prat, “St Paul” article on Paul from the Catholic Encyclopaedia.