1st Timothy Analysis Essay

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1st Timothy

Introductory Issues

There is a lot of debate amongst scholars about who the author was of this epistle. Some scholars say that it was written by a “Paulinist” which is a follower of Paul who is to be one or two generations from the apostle Paul. Other scholars say that there are many stylistic differences such as; conjunctions, prepositions and pronouns. Many scholars made this argument to be a four pronged pastoral authenticity debate with; historical, stylistic, ecclesiastical, and theological questions about the epistle. Some scholars agreed on the fact that the historical arguments did not match up with the book of Acts but they do not understand how Acts can be used as historical reliability unless this letter was
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Although a handful of scholars disagreed others felt that this epistle was unique and that it wasn’t written like all the other epistles but it was merely written to one person. The date of the epistle wasn’t something that scholars argued too much about. Scholars agreed that it was written around 63-66 A.D. Scholars say that the release of this epistle was after the apostle Paul’s release from his first imprisonment in Rome and before he was re-arrested in his final imprisonment. Paul wrote this letter to Timothy because he trusted him to be the head of the church, he put him in charge to stop false teachings from happening that differed from his teachings.

Chapter 1 Interpretive Summary

Paul begins chapter one by stating it is him and that he is writing to Timothy. He begins telling Timothy that he really needed him to stay in Ephesus to help stop the false teachings that are different from his teachings. Paul did this because he was concerned that the teaching in Ephesus was nothing but myths and genealogies. The people of Ephesus were not following the law, not that the law is for the people who do what is right but for people who are rebellious. Paul then explains how he once did not follow the law and that he acted in ignorance and unbelief but then God gave him grace and cleansed him of his sins. Paul then says that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners- of whom I am the

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