This short course on Paul’s Second letter to Timothy explores the letter from various angles through a text-based study. Waters reminds the reader of Paul’s deep affection for Timothy by means of forms of address (“my son”) and commendations for Timothy in his various roles of ministry. He also provides extensive background material regarding Timothy himself. Paul also exhorts Timothy to continue as he has begun, gives him advice for further ministry, and warns him of issues that will arise in the last days. DeSilva addresses the issue of the authorship and thus the authority of the letter.
Upon successful completion you should be able to:
Discuss the arguments for and against Paul as the author of 2 Timothy
Describe from Acts how the Pastoral Epistles relate key themes that were present in the early life of the Church
Describe the characters of Timothy and Titus, including their roles and relationship to Paul
Discuss the occasional nature of the Pastoral Epistles and what the implications are for the Church today
1. The Implied Setting of the Pastoral Letters
2. Authenticity of the Pastoral Letters: Four Views
3. Timothy’s Background
4. Timothy’s Parents
5. Timothy: Paul’s Helper
6. Timothy: Paul’s Ambassador and Companion
7. Timothy: Bishop and Prisoner
8. 2 Timothy: Background and Occasion
9. 2 Timothy: Warning about Last Days
2 Timothy Quiz
An objective exam will consist of multiple-choice and true or false questions. Use of a Bible or any other tool is not permitted for objective exams.
Title: Bible Survey Video Series: 2 Timothy
Instructor: Kenneth L. Waters Sr. and David A. deSilva
Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts and video resources
Video Hours: 1
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Dr. Kenneth L. Waters, Sr. is professor of New Testament and associate dean of the division of religion and philosophy at Azusa Pacific University. He specializes in Gospel studies, the Pauline Epistles, apocalyptic literature, biblical ethics, New Testament and early Christian literature, and African-American religious history. Dr. Waters has authored several books, including Afrocentric Sermons: The Beauty of Blackness in the Bible (Judson Press, 1993). In addition to being active in overseas missions, he has served as a senior pastor for over 28 years.
Dr. David A. deSilva is the trustees’ distinguished professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio, where he’s taught since 1995. He’s written over 20 books in the areas of New Testament and Second Temple Judaism and is a leading expert on the cultural world of the New Testament.
There are some interesting points in this course. However, I found the experience disjointed and not as focused on the content of 2 Timothy as I personally would have liked. The first two videos by Dr. DeSilva felt tacked on and not really integrated with the rest of the videos by Dr. Waters. Most of the course is providing context on who Timothy is, so it feels like this course would have been better as a combined 1 Timothy and 2 Timothy course. I found the content by Dr. Waters on who is Timothy to be helpful, so if you're looking for an overview of what we know about Timothy, videos 3-7 can be helpful.