In a more integrated theological curriculum, there might be a course on suffering and evil that integrated a study of Job with various philosophical and theological treatments of these themes, combining this with reflection on appropriate pastoral care; or a course on church and ministry that integrated a study of Ephesians and the pastoral epistles
with reflection on the church by patristic, Reformation and contemporary writers, combining this with the students' reflection on their own practice of church ministry.
The Pastoral Epistles
, especially 1st and 2nd Timothy and Titus, reveal the ambivalent position of celibate women in the church community.
This practice of ordination by elders was already present in some communities of the early church, according to the pastoral epistles
of Paul to Timothy and Titus.
Since Ephesians and the Pastoral Epistles
demonstrate how the education of children featured prominently in house-church life, MacDonald calls for close attention to this feature when analyzing early Christian texts.
The Pastoral Epistles
represent the application of Pauline teaching and authority to the changing situation of the church at the end of the first century.
In the early 1980s, Dennis Ronald MacDonald deepened interest in the Thecla story, as narrated in The Acts of Paul, by arguing that it empowered Christian women of the second century in ways that drove the male authors of the pastoral Epistles
Even excluding the letters from the mothers and relatives of all concerned, few of these pastoral epistles
have elicited such response from your readers.
The volume at hand is devoted to what are generally known as the pastoral epistles
because the authors generally devote them to counseling their recipients on how to behave as Christians and relate themselves to the earthly existence that will be theirs until they enter into their heavenly reward.
In much longer sections, Trebilco draws on the Pastoral Epistles
, Revelation and the Johannine Letters to describe the life and proclamation of the early Christians in Ephesus.
2 Thes, Col, and Eph are included here as Pauline in character, while the Pastoral Epistles
fall under the rubric of the Pauline tradition.
Part 3 of the book focuses on the traditions surrounding Paul, especially 1 Corinthians 7 and the pastoral Epistles
So-called from early in the 18th century, the Pastoral Epistles
include the books of I Timothy, II Timothy and Titus.