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Extra resources for 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus
H. Marshall 1999: 358). THE TEXT IN BIBLICAL CONTEXT God Our Savior The phrase God our Savior occurs five times in the OT and only eight times in the NT, six of which are in the letters to Timothy and Titus (Luke 1:47; 1 Tim 1:1; 2:3; 4:10; Titus 1:3; 2:10; 3:4; Jude 25). In the firstcentury Greco-Roman world, the term savior (sōtēr) was used in 1 Timothy 1:1–2 35 emperor worship and was applied to various mythical figures and emperors, including the infamous Nero. Inscriptions found at Ephesus indicate that the term was used for both emperors and local patrons (Baugh: 335).
Therefore humans are totally depraved. John Calvin likewise rejected a distinction between the image and likeness of God and saw both as corrupted by the fall. Even the human will is depraved. One cannot choose to do what is good and turn to God even if one wants to do so. Turning to God comes only through God’s irresistible grace. Calvin went so far as to say that some are predestined to be saved and others are predestined to be damned. Anabaptists disagreed with other sixteenth-century reformers on the extent of the fall, particularly with regard to the presence of the divine image in human beings.
The term translated sodomites (arsenokoitēs, 1 Tim 1:10) is a compound word derived from arsēn (male) and koitē (marriage bed), both of which occur in the LXX of Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13. The term may have been coined by Paul since it occurs only here and in 1 Corinthians 6:9 in the NT. It appears several times in the early church fathers (D. F. Wright: 128-46). BDAG defines arsenokoitēs as a male who engages in sexual activity with a person of his own sex (135). Jerome D. Quinn and William C.
1 & 2 Timothy, Titus by Paul M. Zehr