Nbbc, 1 & 2 Timothy/Titus: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition

Nbbc, 1 & 2 Timothy/Titus: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition

by David A. Ackerman

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Overview

Engaging, perceptive, and academically thorough, the New Beacon Bible Commentary will expand your understanding and deepen your appreciation for the meaning and message of each book of the Bible. Written from the Wesleyan theological perspective, this indispensable commentary provides pastors, professional scholars, teachers, and Bible students with a critical, relevant, and inspiring interpretation of the Word of God in the 21st century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780834135598
Publisher: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
Publication date: 04/28/2016
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

General Editors' Preface 11

Author's Preface 13

Abbreviations 15

Bibliography 21

Table of Sidebars 31

Introduction 33

A The Pastorals as a Literary Unit 34

B Authorship 35

1 Paul as the Assumed Author 35

a Internal Claims 35

b External Claims 36

2 Challenges to Pauline Authorship 36

a The History of the Debate 36

b Internal Issues 37

1 Vocabulary and Style 37

2 Themes 38

3 Social Location 39

c Opponents 39

d Church Organization 41

3 Concluding Thoughts on Authorship 41

C The Pastorals within Paul's Life and Ministry 43

D Purpose 46

1 The Challenge of Opponents 46

2 Qualified Leaders 46

3 Personal Concerns 46

E Recipients 47

1 Timothy 47

2 Titus 48

F Literary Genre and Rhetorical Features 48

1 Advisory Letters 49

2 Philophronetic Letters 49

G Major Theological Themes in the Pastorals 50

1 God as Savior 50

2 Sound Doctrine 51

3 The Ethic of Godliness 51

Commentary 53

First Timothy 53

I Epistolary Prescript and Salutation (I Timothy 1:1-2) 55

II Paul's Charge to Timothy about the False Teachers in Ephesus (I Timothy 1:3-20) 63

A The Problem of False Teachers and False Doctrine (1:3-7) 64

B The Purpose of the Law (1:8-11) 74

C Paul's Positive Example of the Truth of the Gospel (1:12-17) 81

D Paul's Charge to Timothy (1:18-20) 93

III Behavior and Leadership within God's Family (I Timothy 2:1-3:16) 99

A Prayer for the Salvation of All People (2:1-7) 100

B The Faithful Witness of Men and Women (2:8-15) 110

C Qualifications for Overseers (3:1-7) 128

D Qualifications for Deacons (3:8-13) 143

E The Theological Basis for Being the Family of God (3:14-16) 151

IV Instructions to Timothy about the False Teachers (I Timothy 4:1-16) 163

A The Nature of the Heresy (4:1-5) 164

B The Vital Connection of Godliness to Timothy's Mission (4:6-10) 175

C Timothy's Personal Qualifications for Effective Ministry (4:11-16) 184

V How to Deal with Various Groups in the Church (I Timothy 5:1-6:2) 195

A Honoring Those within the Family of God (5.1-2) 197

B Advice about Widows (5:3-16) 200

1 Widows in Need (5:3-8) 200

2 Instructions for Young Widows (5:9-15) 207

3 Women's Responsibility for Widows (5:16) 213

C Support of Elders (5:17-25) 216

D Instructions to Slaves (6:1-2) 228

VI Final Instructions (I Timothy 6:3-21) 235

A Recognizing and Dealing with the Opponents' Love of Money (6:3-10) 236

B Encouragement to Timothy to Keep the Faith (6:11-16) 247

C Commands to Rich Believers (6:17-19) 257

D Final Charge to Timothy (6:20-21) 262

Second Timothy 267

I Opening Salutation (2 Timothy 1:1-2) 269

II Thanksgiving for Sincere Faith (2 Timothy 1:3-5) 275

III Exhortation for Timothy to Embrace Paul's Way (2 Timothy 1:6-2:13) 283

A Paul as a Model of Faithfulness (1:6-14) 283

1 Let the Breath of God Inflame You (1:6-7) 284

2 Paul's Assurance in the Gospel (1:8-12) 288

3 Imitate Paul's Example (1:13-14) 299

B Examples of Disloyalty and Loyalty (1:15-18) 302

C Endurance in Suffering (2:1-13) 307

1 Three Examples of Dedication to a Cause (2:1-7) 308

2 Jesus as the Great Example of Suffering and Endurance (2:8-13) 314

IV Dealing with the Opponents in Ephesus (2 Timothy 2:14-3:9) 325

A Becoming Fit for the Master's Use (2:14-21) 327

B Timothy's Character around Problem People (2:22-26) 336

C The Folly of the False Teachers (3:1-9) 342

V Encouragement to Timothy to Proclaim the Gospel (2 Timothy 3:10-4:8) 35)

A Three Resources for Endurance (3:10-17) 352

B Preach the Gospel (4:1-8) 362

1 Timothy's Charge (4:1-5) 363

2 Paul's Final Testimony (4:6-8) 368

VI Letter Closing (2 Timothy 4:9-22) 375

A Personal Instructions (4:9-15) 376

B Paul's Confidence in the Lord (4:16-18) 380

C Final Greetings and Benediction (4:19-22) 384

Titus 389

I Opening Greetings (Titus 1:1-4) 391

II The Essential Need for Qualified Leaders (Titus 1:5-16) 399

A The Qualifications of Leaders (1:5-9) 400

B The Crisis of Character in Crete (1:10-16) 408

III Living as Redeemed People in Community (Titus 2:1-15) 417

A Directions to Various Groups within the Church (2:1-10) 418

1 Teach Sound Doctrine (2:1) 418

2 Older Men (2:2) 419

3 Older Women (2:3) 420

4 Younger Women (2:4-5) 421

5 Younger Men (2:6-8) 423

6 Slaves (2:9-10) 425

B Grace as the Source for the Christian Ethic (2:11-15) 427

IV The Motive and Resource for Doing Good (Titus 3:1-11) 441

A Directions to the Whole Church (3:1-2) 442

B The Change Christ Brings (3:3-8) 445

C Dealing with the Opposition (3:9-11) 454

V Letter Closing (Titus 3:12-15) 459

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