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Hostility in the house of God : an investigation of the opponents in 1 and 2 Timothy

Author: Dillon T Thornton
Publisher: Winona Lake, Indiana : Eisenbrauns, 2016.
Series: Bulletin for biblical research supplements, 15
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Virtually all scholars acknowledge the resence of opponents in 1 and 2 Timothy, but htere is considerable disagreement over the identity of these opponents and the author's way of handling them. In this volume, Thornton provides a critique of a number of extant theories, including "Gnostic," Jewish, and proto-Montanist identifications, and develops a rigourous methodology for unmasking the opponents who appear in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Thornton, Dillon T.
Hostility in the house of God.
Winona Lake, IN : Eisenbrauns, 2016
(DLC) 2016009286
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dillon T Thornton
ISBN: 9781575064468 1575064464
OCLC Number: 940958021
Description: xiv, 322 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Preface and Acknowledgments AbbreviationsIntroduction1. Methodology2. Exegetical Analysis of Explicit Units in 1 Timothy3. Exegetical Analysis of Implicit Units in 1 Timothy 1-34. Exegetical Analysis of Implicit Units in 1 Timothy 4-65.Exegetical Analysis of Explicit and Implicit Units in 2 Timothy6.Theological-Ethical Collision in EphesusConclusionBibliographyIndexesIndex of AuthorsIndex of ScriptureIndex of Other Ancient Sources
Series Title: Bulletin for biblical research supplements, 15
Responsibility: Dillon T. Thornton.

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Virtually all scholars acknowledge the resence of opponents in 1 and 2 Timothy, but htere is considerable disagreement over the identity of these opponents and the author's way of handling them. In this volume, Thornton provides a critique of a number of extant theories, including "Gnostic," Jewish, and proto-Montanist identifications, and develops a rigourous methodology for unmasking the opponents who appear in these letters. He argues that the opponents came from within the Christian community in Ephesus and that their teaching is best described as an erroneous eschatological position that derived from the complexity of Paul's views. He also argues that the author of the books of Timothy engaged with the false teachers in significant ways throughout the letters, and draws attention to a number of literary and theological maneuvers that were intended to conteract the opponents' influence and/or to bolster the faithful community's confidence as it struggled against the opponents. Thornton's meticulous investigation sheds new light on the hostility that plays such a large part in 1 and 2 Timothy.
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"A thoughtful contribution to the ongoing discussion about the historical context of Paul's letters to Timothy that might help scholars think through the occasion of the letters afresh."--Wesley Read more...

 
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