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Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy

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Overview

To responsibly exegete the text of First Timothy, one must become familiar with the vocabulary. But examination of word meanings involves more than simply looking up words in a lexicon and choosing a gloss that seems appropriate.

Rick Brannan evaluates the vocabulary of the First Timothy in light of the New Testament, the Septuagint (LXX), the Apostolic Fathers, the works of Philo, the works of Josephus, the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, and other material. Many commentaries and other works of exegesis mention material from these sources to provide background information or examples of word usage, duly noting references to such works in footnotes or endnotes. Brannan's work, however, provides full quotations (in translation) of the relevant references. Instead of relegating these citations to footnotes that are seldom if ever looked up, the cited text itself is reproduced for the reader to evaluate.

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Key Features

  • Presents a study on the vocabulary of First Timothy
  • Examines meaning and intent in context
  • Aims to evaluate word choice to inform exegesis

Praise for the Print Edition

Rick Brannan has produced a robust and rigorous exegetical introduction to First Timothy. This book is a great guide to the nuances of the Greek text that interpreters need to grapple with as they attempt to interpret this letter. Whether it is women “saved through childbirth” or how “you will save both yourself and your hearers,” Brannan shows you what you need to know as you wrestle with First Timothy.

—Dr. Michael F. Bird, lecturer in theology, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia

Rick Brannan’s methodology for these word studies in First Timothy opens new semantic vistas because he takes into account the usage of the Greek words in contemporary Koine works like the Pseudepigrapha and Josephus. Furthermore, he illustrates the “effective” use of these lexemes in the Apostolic Fathers as well. He is careful not to be guilty of anachronism in the latter practice but simply illustrates how the word was understood in Christian literature written soon after the Pastorals. In some ways, this is a ground-breaking approach that deserves serious consideration by other commentators on the sacred text.

—Dr. William Varner, professor of Bible and Greek, The Master’s College

  • Title: First Timothy
  • Author: Rick Brannan
  • Series: Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles
  • Publisher: Appian Way Press
  • Print Publication Date: 2016
  • Logos Release Date: 2016
  • Pages: 333
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. N.T. 1 Timothy › Commentaries
  • Resource ID: LLS:LXCLCMMFRSTMTHY
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2020-08-31T20:56:45Z

Rick Brannan is the translator of The Apostolic Fathers in English, author and translator of Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments, and Agrapha, and managing editor of the Lexham English Septuagint. He has also published Greek Reader Editions of the Acts of Pilate and the First Apocryphal Apocalypse of John. He is currently researching the Greek text of the Shepherd of Hermas for a forthcoming publication.

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  1. Dino

    Dino

    11/25/2023

    Disappointing. Brannan's treatment of issues that are debated among scholars is often very superficial. The book is full of claims that he doesn't give adequate reasons for, and his selection of quoted sources can at times be tendentious.

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