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2 Timothy (day 1126-1129)

2 Timothy 1 (day 1126) 30 January 2013 1-2: The greeting in this letter is much like that of 1 Timothy, but there Paul was an apostle by the command of God while here his apostleship is by the will of God. Reading Paul’s letters it is often difficult to decide whether he felt invited […]

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1 Timothy (day 1120-1125)

1 TIMOTHY (day 1120-1125)             Here are all the references to Timothy in the New Testament outside the two letters addressed to him: Acts 16:1: “Paul went on also to Derbe and to Lystra, where there was a disciple named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer; but his father […]

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2 Thessalonians (day 1117-1119)

2 Thessalonians 1 (day 1117) 21 January 2013           Although called the second letter to the Thessalonians, many scholars are reluctant to ascribe the present epistle to Paul, citing a number of stylistic and content differences.           1-2: The greeting is nearly identical to the one of 1 Thessalonians, the only difference being the double […]

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1 Thessalonians (day 1112-1116)

1 Thessalonians 1 (day 1112) 16 January 2013           Paul’s stormy visit to Thessalonica is described in Acts 17. He was run out of town after only a few weeks and fled to Beroea where he was chased out again. He was spirited off to Athens then, leaving Timothy and Silas behind. Later, he sent […]

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Colossians (day 1108-1111)

Colossians 1 (day 1108) 12 January 2013           Colossae was situated on the Lycus River in southwest Asia Minor (Turkey), about 100 miles east of Ephesus. So far as we know Paul did not start the church there and never visited it (although the comment in 2:1 may simply be a reference only to latecomers […]

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Philippians (day 1104-1107)

Philippians 1 (day 1104) 8 January 2013           Philippi was located on the northern shore of the Aegean Sea in Macedonia. It was established by Philip, father of Alexander the Great, and was later the site of the victory of Antony over Cassius. The Battle of Philippi secured the Roman Empire some 40 years before […]

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Ephesians (day 1098-1103)

Ephesians 1 (day 1098) 2 January 2013           Ephesus was located at the western end of Asia Minor (Turkey) on the Aegean Sea. Paul’s visit there is described in Acts 19. He stayed for about 3 years (Acts 20:31), longer than in any other place. Still, owing to certain vocabulary differences, many scholars doubt that […]