An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church


(1 Thes 3:2; see also Rom 16:21). He is credited by Paul with co-authoring Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians, and Paul's Letters to the Philippians, the Colossians, and to Philemon. Timothy and Silvanus are identified as co-authors of Paul's First and Second Letters to the Thessalonians. Timothy's mother was a Jewish Christian, and his father was a Greek. Timothy and his family lived in Lystra, in Asia Minor, where Paul found him. Timothy was well-regarded by the believers in Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him on his missionary journeys. Paul had Timothy circumcised because the Jews knew Timothy's father was a Greek (Acts 16:1-3). Timothy shared with Paul and Silvanus in proclaiming Christ among the Corinthians (2 Cor 1:19). Paul sent Timothy as his representative to Corinth (1 Cor 4:17) and Thessalonica (1 Thes 3:2), and hoped to send Timothy to Philippi (Phil 2:19). Timothy is also identified as the recipient of two letters from Paul that are included in the NT (1 and 2 Tm). However, Paul's role in authoring these letters is disputed by scholars. In the First Letter of Paul to Timothy, Paul states that he told Timothy to remain in Ephesus to give right instruction to certain people (1 Tm 1:3-4). Timothy is believed to have become the first Bishop of Ephesus. Timothy and Titus are commemorated on Jan. 26 in the Episcopal calendar of the church year.

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