1. Jay Twomey

Published Online: 9 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/

The Pastoral Epistles Through the Centuries

The Pastoral Epistles Through the Centuries

How to Cite

Twomey, J. (2008) Introduction, in The Pastoral Epistles Through the Centuries, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 12 DEC 2008

Book Series:

  1. Blackwell Bible Commentaries

Book Series Editors:

  1. John Sawyer,
  2. Christopher Rowland,
  3. Judith Kovacs and
  4. David M. Gunn

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405126144

Online ISBN: 9781444306200



  • three New Testament letters to Timothy and Titus - the Pastoral Epistles;
  • Pastoral Epistles - social contexts of early Christianity, role in shaping structure, and community;
  • Pastoral Epistles - nebulous body of images, concepts in form of letters addressed by Paul to Timothy (in Ephesus) and Titus (in Crete);
  • Pastoral Epistles - view of a scholarly consensus, pseudepigraphal;
  • Pastoral Epistles - ranking among New Testament's most problematic texts for women;
  • Pastoral Epistles - best known in church circles for development of leadership positions in early Christianity;
  • theological speculation;
  • New Revised Standard Version of the Pastoral Epistles;
  • To help the reader navigate through these units - the commentary makes use of two types of section headings


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Historical Overview

  • The Interpretations

  • Areas of Interpretive Interest

  • The Commentary