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1 and 2 Timothy, Titus (Understanding the Bible Commentary | UBC)

, 2011
ISBN: 9781441252074

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1 and 2 Timothy, Titus explores Paul’s heartfelt concern for the newly planted churches and the leaders who served in them. These letters of compassion, instruction, and admonition were meant to instruct and strengthen the leaders and the members of these churches. Filled with great insight taken from the original language, this volume will help you understand more deeply the pastoral love of Paul.

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“In contrast to that approach, this commentary assumes that everything in the letter has to do with 1:3 (‘As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain [people] not to teach false doctrines any longer’), and that this expresses both the occasion and the purpose of 1 Timothy.” (Page 7)

“But he is here prohibiting women to teach in the (house-) church(es) of Ephesus, although in other churches they prophesy (1 Cor. 11:5) and probably give a teaching from time to time (1 Cor. 14:26), and in Titus 2:3–4 the older women are expected to be good teachers of the younger ones.” (Page 73)

“Most likely the list is a conscious reflection of the Mosaic Law as law and expresses the kinds of sins such law was given to prohibit. This, Paul says, is why God gave his Law, not for idle speculation and meaningless talk.” (Page 46)

“The word translated authority, which occurs only here in the nt, has the connotation ‘to domineer.’ In context it probably reflects again on the role the women were playing in advancing the errors—or speculations—of the false teachers and therefore is to be understood very closely with the prohibition against teaching. Rather, Paul concludes, she must be not silent, but ‘in a quiet demeanor,’ which exactly repeats the prepositional phrase of verse 11. Thus some kind of disruptive behavior, which perhaps included boisterous affirmation of the heresies, seems to lie behind these instructions.” (Page 73)

“But the concern of the metaphor is not with the content of doctrine; rather, it is with behavior. Healthy teaching leads to proper Christian behavior, love and good works; the diseased teaching of the heretics leads to controversies, arrogance, abusiveness, and strife (6:4).” (Page 46)

[Fee’s commentary on 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus] . . . is ideal for students, pastors, and teachers. It is a model of clarity and organization and consistently reflects a judicious examination of exegetical issues. Indeed . . . I think it is one of the best available [commentaries] on the Pastoral Epistles. Fee’s skill in writing commentaries is as evident in this volume as it was in his magisterial volume on 1 Corinthians.

Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

  • Title: 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus
  • Author: Gordon Fee
  • Series: Understanding the Bible Commentary Series
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Print Publication Date: 2011
  • Logos Release Date: 2012
  • Pages: 352
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. N.T. 1 Timothy › Commentaries; Bible. N.T. 2 Timothy › Commentaries; Bible. N.T. Titus › Commentaries
  • ISBNs: 9781441252074, 9780801046230, 144125207, 0801046238, 144125207X
  • Resource ID: LLS:NIBCNT75TI
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2023-12-12T21:58:53Z
Gordon Fee

Gordon D. Fee (1934–2022) was a leading expert in pneumatology and textual criticism of the New Testament. He was an ordained minister of the Assemblies of God and served as professor emeritus of New Testament studies at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Fee earned degrees from Seattle Pacific University and University of Southern California. He was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Northwest University. Before teaching at Regent College, Fee taught at Wheaton College, Vanguard University of Southern California, and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Fee was a member of the Committee on Bible Translation that translated the New International Version and its revision, the Today’s New International Version.

In addition to Fee’s many highly respected commentaries in series like the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series: New Testament and The New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT), he is also the author of How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, God’s Empowering Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Letters of Paul, Pauline Christology: An Exegetical-Theological Study, and To What End Exegesis?




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  1. Paulo Rabello

    Paulo Rabello


  2. Dani Cherian

    Dani Cherian


  3. Glenn Crouch

    Glenn Crouch


    This is a good commentary covering the Pastoral Epistles (1 Timothy, Titus and 2 Timothy, in that order) - examining each verse (or group of verses), within each pericope. The Author makes a good defence for Pauline Authorship, though does helpfully include some of the Pseudepigraphical arguments along the way in the Additional Notes. He also argues that the purpose of these letters has more to do with the problem of False Teachers / Teachings then them containing some sort of early Church Manual - and I think he demonstrates this quite well. Though not a brief commentary, I did feel that more comment could be made about various themes as they were encountered would have been advantageous. It includes quite a nice Bibliography.
  4. Timothy Jarred Jung


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