2:5, which seems to follow early Jewish tradition (see above); (2) the identification of Pharaoh's magicians as Jannes and Jambres in 2 Tim.
An answer to this kind of question can be seen in the comments of John Chrysostom and Theodoret on Paul's knowledge of the names Jannes and Jambres. According to Chrysostom, either Paul knew their names through tradition, or else he simply knew them by inspiration.
3:8, George Knight said that "there is no reason to doubt the reliability of the Jewish tradition" regarding the names Jannes and Jambres, (31) implying that the accuracy of these names is reliable by modem standards.
Jannes and Jambres, the legendary Egyptian magicians who opposed Moses and Aaron (Exod.
Pietersma's quarter-century involvement with these fragments and with the Jannes and Jambres traditions offers readers a master's control of the data, particularly important when dealing with dozens of text fragments and traditions spanning several centuries and cultures.
and Jambres said to him, 'Every man who deserts his wife .
Some readers will have similar reservations about the author's views on the origins of the Jannes and Jambres traditions.