2 Peter (day 1157-1159)

2 Peter 1 (day 1157) 2 March 2013 1-2: Simeon is a known alternate form of Simon, but it is doubtful that this letter was written by the apostle Peter or by the same author as 1 Peter if the apostle was not the writer of that letter. The styles are different, and there are… Continue reading 2 Peter (day 1157-1159)

1 Peter (day 1152-1156)

1 Peter 1 (day 1152) 25 February 2013 1-2: As with James and Hebrews the authorship of 1 Peter is uncertain. There is little internal evidence to his identity. He identifies himself as an apostle in the first verse, and as an elder in the church and as one who witnessed the crucifixion (5:1). He… Continue reading 1 Peter (day 1152-1156)

James (day 1147-1151)

James 1 (day 1147) 20 February 2013           1: The very first verse of James presents problems for the Biblical scholar. Ancient tradition ascribes the letter (sermon?) to James the brother of Jesus, although there are arguments that “brother” may mean “half brother” or “cousin” or even simply “a member of the church.” Another theory… Continue reading James (day 1147-1151)

Hebrews (day 1134-1146)

Hebrews 1 (day 1134) 7 February 2013           The letter to the Hebrews does not read like a letter, but more like a sermon. We don’t know who wrote it; Paul, Barnabas, Silas, Priscilla, Apollos all have their fans. We don’t know to whom it was written or from where it was composed. At some… Continue reading Hebrews (day 1134-1146)

Philemon (day 1133)

Philemon 1 (day 1133) 6 February 2013           1-3: The letter is from Paul and Timothy to Philemon, Apphia and Archippus. Timothy we know. Philemon is only mentioned in this letter, nowhere else; the same with Apphia. Archippus, however, is mentioned elsewhere. In the letter to the Colossians Paul closes with, “Tell Archippus to complete… Continue reading Philemon (day 1133)

Titus (day 1130-1132)

Titus 1 (day 1130) 3 February 2013           1-4: Paul’s introduction of himself in Titus is longer than in his other letters. He sees himself as the God-appointed defender of the true faith. Titus, like Timothy, was one of Paul’s most faithful companions and helpers. Paul refers to him in verse 4 as “my loyal… Continue reading Titus (day 1130-1132)

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… Continue reading 2 Timothy (day 1126-1129)

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… Continue reading 1 Timothy (day 1120-1125)

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… Continue reading 2 Thessalonians (day 1117-1119)

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… Continue reading 1 Thessalonians (day 1112-1116)