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2 TIMOTHY - Introduction

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2 Timothy - Introduction

Supplemental Commentary:

[See Introduction to 1 Timothy.]

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OUTLINE

Introduction 1, 1-5

I. Pastoral Charge 1, 6 -- 2, 13

II. Fidelity to his Office 2, 14 -- 4, 8

Conclusion 4, 9-22


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THE SECOND EPISTLE OF ST. PAUL THE APOSTLE TO TIMOTHY

Introduction

The Second Epistle to Timothy was written in 66 or 67 A.D., while St. Paul was a prisoner in Rome for the second and last time.

The Apostle describes himself as still in prison and abandoned by nearly all his companions, who for various reasons have left Rome.  Only Luke the physician, of whom he seems to have special need, is with him (4, 11).  He feels his isolation keenly, particularly since his relations with the Roman church are much restricted.  He feels the need of seeing Mark and Timothy, for whom Tychicus was to substitute at Ephesus (4, 11f).  He sees his death near (4, 6-8).  The Epistle is an urgent invitation to Timothy to join him, yet the Apostle is concerned to strengthen the spirit of his beloved disciple and to urge him again to act energetically against the separatist teachers.