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Essay sample - The Apostle Paul and his Pastoral Epistles
Religion and Theology
Pages 6 (1506 words)
Name Institution Date The Apostle Paul and his Pastoral Epistles I hold the view that Paul wrote what are known as the Pastoral letters that include the epistles of 1st and 2nd Timothy and Titus. Though there have been arguments to the contrary, Paul identifies himself as the writer in the salutations, calling Timothy to whom he denotes he is writing to in the 1st and 2nd epistles, ‘my own son in the faith’ and, ‘my dearly beloved son’ (1st Tim1: 1-2 and 2nd Tim1:1-2) and writes in Titus 1:4 that the epistle is to ‘Titus mine own son in the common faith’…
Paul wrote the three epistles, known as pastoral letters to provide instructions to his two sons pertaining to their pastoral duties and to warn them about false teachings and occult practices which could easily have affected the churches they were pastoring. Both Timothy and Titus were young and Paul as their mentor also wished to encourage them, like he tells Timothy not to let anyone despise him because of his youth but to be an example 1 Tim 4:12. Paul was imprisoned twice in his life in Rome, in 60-63A.D and in 67-68A.D (NewApologia). He wrote 1Timothy during his first imprisonment, wrote Titus upon his release and 2 Timothy during his second imprisonment, after which he was killed by beheading. The letters contained instructions for ministry to Timothy and Titus, and thus he was able to continue with his work even while in prison. Timothy had been a companion of Paul in his missionary journeys and now was serving God in Ephesus. ...
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