2 Timothy - Introduction
[See Introduction to 1 Timothy.]
Introduction 1, 1-5
I. Pastoral Charge 1, 6 -- 2, 13
II. Fidelity to his Office 2, 14 -- 4,
SECOND EPISTLE OF ST. PAUL THE APOSTLE TO TIMOTHY
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.