1st Timothy Analysis

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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 written after Acts which isn’t the case. The vocabulary of this epistle was questioned due to the fact that there were a high number of words used in the New Testament but these words were not used by Paul, they were used by other writers throughout the bible. Therefore scholars assumed that Paul did not write this epistle due to the amount of words used in the letter. This debate did not hold up to other scholars accusations because word counting cannot support the meaning of who wrote the epistle or not. The ecclesiastical issue was that the apostle Paul was writing about something within the church that was apparently after his lifetime although he was continuously in the church speaking in person about some things he put it into writing. This allegation did not have enough evidence for this argument to stand amongst scholars. Some scholars also argued that the theology was Gnosticism of the second century, meaning it was a secondary follower and that it was unlike the apostle Paul to write somet... ... middle of paper ... ...what actually happened in the past and how things are the way they are today. Works Cited Walvoord, John F., and Roy B. Zuck. The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Wheaton, IL: Victor, 1983. Print Wallace, Daniel B. "1 Timothy: Introduction, Argument, Outline." Bible.org. N.p., 28 June 2004. Web. 07 May 2014. Wallace, Daniel B. "1 Timothy: Introduction, Argument, Outline." Bible.org. N.p., 28 June 2004. Web. 07 May 2014. Wallace, Daniel B. "1 Timothy: Introduction, Argument, Outline." Bible.org. N.p., 28 June 2004. Web. 07 May 2014. "Summary of the Book of I Timothy." JCBlog.net. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 May 2014. "Summary of the Book of I Timothy." JCBlog.net. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 May 2014. Walvoord, John F., and Roy B. Zuck. The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Wheaton, IL: Victor, 1983. Print

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