However, the analysis here separates them by a considerable time, with 2 Timothy near the end of Paul's life and 1 Timothy much earlier.
There is no hint in 1 Timothy that Paul is in prison.
The earliest available Christian texts are the letters of the apostle Paul.
Pauline New Testament (NT) letters (or epistles as they are sometimes called) are laid out here in chart form in chronological order.
They start on around Paul's second missionary journey in 50-51 A. and span the rest of his life when he was again imprisioned and killed in 66-68 A. The attacks on the church changed with time and situation and thus four themes characteristic of the Apostle Paul's letters (i.e.
In Galatians - he provides ethical guidance to the Galatian churches, and a concluding blessing. The answer might seem obvious: “To the churches of Galatia” (Galatians 1:2), but there is much disagreement over whether Paul is writing to the “Celts” in the north (the “North Galatian Hypothesis”) or to the churches in the Roman province that included the south (the “South Galatian Hypothesis”).
Many scholars argue strongly for one possibility or the other, but the arguments on either side are finely balanced, and it is difficult to come to a firm conclusion.