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Commentary on Titus

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1, 1–4 :

On the epistolary form, see the note on Rom 1, 1–7 . The apostolate is the divinely appointed mission to lead others to the true faith and through it to eternal salvation ( 1–3 ).

1, 5–9 :

This instruction on the selection and appointment of presbyters, substantially identical with that in 1 Tm 3, 1–7 on a bishop (see the note there), was aimed at strengthening the authority of Titus by apostolic mandate; cf 2, 15. In vv 5.7 and Acts 20, 17.28 , the terms episkopos and presbyteros (“bishop” and “presbyter”) refer to the same persons. Deacons are not mentioned in Titus. See also the note on Phil 1, 1 .

1, 10–16 :

This adverse criticism of the defects within the community is directed especially against certain Jewish Christians, who busy themselves with useless speculations over persons mentioned in the Old Testament, insist on the observance of Jewish ritual purity regulations, and thus upset whole families by teaching things they have no right to teach; cf 3, 9; 1 Tm 1, 3–10 .

1, 10 :

Jewish Christians: literally, “those of the circumcision.”

1, 12 :

Cretans…gluttons: quoted from Epimenides, a Cretan poet of the sixth century B.C.

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