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Timothies & Titus

12.20.2010

Yes, that’s how I’m pluralizing Timothy; deal with it.

These three letters, the last definitively Pauline letters*, differ from any of the others because they are like internal memos written from one coworker to another, hoping to institutionalize the processes that they’ve spent their careers constructing. 

I had planned to write about apostolic succession and the theological and ecclesiological debates of the 17th and 18th centuries, but then I realized that, one, I have to go pick up my wife and buy the prime rib roast for Christmas dinner, and two, I often overestimate how many other people are as interested in those things as I am. 

So I’ll limit myself to indicating the verse in 2 Timothy that, contra to MacCulloch, endorses the Bible as the infallible word of God and His revalation to future generations:

3:16-17 | All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

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* More on this tomorrow.

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