In a thorough and insightful commentary on Paul's letter to his co-worker Timothy, which the Apostle wrote before and during Nero's persecution, Aida Besancon Spencer carefully examines each part of the letter and relates it to the overall flow of the argument and in light of the larger biblical, historical, social, and cultural contexts. How Paul's writing related to the ancient communities is highlighted in the light of original data gleaned from her explorations on location in Ephesus and throughout Greece. In addition, Paul's rhetorical and ministry strategies, especially as they relate to women and their role in the church, are explored. Throughout, Spencer presents an in-depth exegesis in a readable format enhanced by forty years of ministry.
Aida Besancon Spencer is Professor of New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South. Hamilton, Massachusetts, and Extraordinary Researcher for North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa.
Abbreviations Introduction to Pastoral Letters Introduction to 1 and 2 Timothy 1 Timothy 1 Excursus: Women Could Desire to Be Teachers Fusing the Horizons: Significance of Christ's Birth 1 Timothy 2-3 Excursus: Lifting Up Hands Fusing the Horizons: How to Use Leadership Lists 1 Timothy 4:1-5:2 Fusing the Horizons: Progress in the Christian Life 1 Timothy 5:3-6:2 Fusing the Horizons: Applying the Order of Widows to Today 1 Timothy 6:3-21 Excursus: Heresy in 1 Timothy Fusing the Horizons: Living with Wealth Bibliography Subject Index