An expository and exegetical study of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, with emphasis on their special exegetical and interpretive problems and on their relevance for society, church and, especially, church leadership. The working knowledge of Greek and a careful use of the required commentaries are necessary for the programmed lesson plans.


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Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

1. Know the messages, issues, and theological teachings of the Pastoral Epistles.

2. Understand the special introductory problems of the Pastoral Epistles, particularly that of Pauline authorship.

3. Demonstrate interpretative skill by wrestling with textual difficulties.

4. Apply the lessons of the Pastoral Epistles to contemporary Christian life, both corporately and individually.

5. Appreciate the special relevance of the Pastoral Epistles for Christian faith and conduct, especially in church life.


1. Introduction to the Pastoral Epistles

2. The Law and the Gospel (1 Ti. 1:2-20)

3. Christian Worship (1 Ti. 2:1-8)

4. The Place of Women (1 Ti. 2:8-15)

5. Qualifications for Ministry (1 Ti. 3:1-16)

6. False and Faithful Teachers (1 Ti. 4:1-10)

7. Advice to a Young Leader (1 Ti. 5:3-16)

8. Widows, Elders, and Slaves (1 Ti. 5:3-6:2)

9. Poverty and Wealth (1 Ti. 6:6-10, 17-18)

10. A Charge to a Man of God (1 Ti. 6:3-5)

11. Christian Ministry (Titus 1)

12. Christian Behavior (Titus 2)

13. Christian Salvation (Titus 3)

14. Conclusion of Titus / Intro to 2 Timothy

15. Guarding the Gospel (2 Ti. 1:8-18)

16. Suffering for the Gospel – Part 1 (2 Ti. 2:1-13)

17. Suffering for the Gospel – Part 2 (2 Ti. 2:14-26)

18. Continuing in the Gospel – Part 1 (2 Ti. 3:1-9)

19. Continuing in the Gospel – Part 2 (2 Ti. 3:10-17)

20. Preaching the Gospel (2 Ti. 4:1-22)


Three Word Studies (30% - 10% Each)

Included in several lessons are words or word groups of importance in the Pastoral Epistles. Each student is required to select three (3) of these words or word groups and to write a short word study (500-1000 words each) These word studies should be submitted with the corresponding lesson. They will count for about 30% of the total grade. Instructions for Word Studies: The student may use lexical aids--lexicons,Word Books, etc.--especially for historical and Old Testament background. But his basic work should be done with a concordance (which lists words according to the Greek), categorizing the word as it occurs in its various contexts. The student should note both the common uses of the word (group), whether in the secular or biblical vocabulary, and its specific sense (if any) in the Pastoral Epistles.

D. Final Examination (30% of the grade)

There will be one examination for the course. It will include objective questions on Bible content and introduction, as well as short essays on interpretation of the text and subjects of general interest in three epistles. The final examination has three sections. Part I is a single essay  and turned in with the rest of the exam. Part II is to be completed without any outside resources. Part III may be completed with the use of the Bible. Your Bible should have no marginal notes or references.

5 To aid in your preparation, the following information will be helpful.

I. Part one is an essay (which may be written prior to the exam) in which you examine and

evaluate the lecturer's exposition of the Pastoral Epistles. What does he do that contributes to his success in biblical exposition and that may contribute to your handling of the text?

II. Part two will consist of objective testing on Bible content, introduction and historical background. Prepare for:

a. short answer identification of names and subjects;

b. matching of Bible references to subjects and/or notable quotations;

c. filling in a map of the biblical world.

III. Part three will be largely essay. Prepare for:

a. an essay on Introduction to the Pastoral Epistles;

b. short essays (one or two paragraphs) on interpretation of select passages or defense of certain translations;

c. short essays regarding subjects of general interest to these epistles. Generally speaking, careful work in the programmed syllabus and a review of the questions on the lectures in the Printed Syllabus, along with a good solid knowledge of the content of the Pastoral Epistles, will be very adequate preparation for this exam.


Home Work 10%

Reading Assignments 10%

Book Review 20%

Three short word studies (500-1000 words each) 30% (10% each)

Final Exam 30%

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Required Reading

The Christian Ecclesia

The Ministry in Historical Perspectives

Ferment in the Ministry

St Chrysostom-Homilies

Read Homilies on Timothy, and Titus

  Biblical Art Work for The Pastoral Epistles

1 Timothy

Instructions on Worship

  Christ the Mediator
  Overseers and Deacons
  Timothy Instructed
  Widows in the Congregation
2 Timothy
  Encouragement to Be Faithful
  A Workman Approved by God
  Paul's Charge to Timothy
  Titus' Task on Crete
Teaching to Various Groups


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Smiths Bible Dictionary

Easton's Bible Dictionary

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary on the Bible

Matthew Henrys Concise Commentary on the Bible

Barnes notes on the New Testament


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