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A Study Commentary on 1 and 2 Timothy Hardcover – May 1, 2005
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Barcley begins his commentary by first helping the reader to see the importance of studying 1&2 Timothy. He states, "1 and 2 Timothy are vitally important and relevant to the life of the modern church. These letters, along with Titus (the three so-call 'Pastoral Epistles'), are the only letters in Scripture written specifically with instructions to direct and order the church. They tell us about church ministries, church leadership, church structure and church worship. They instruct us in the priorities of the church and how the church is to guard its spiritual life and health." It is important to know specifically what a book of Scripture is seeking to communicate and Barcley does well to focus the reader in on these important themes. Barcley then guides the reader into time, place and culture of where these letters were written. If we are going to properly understand Scripture we must first seek to understand it in its proper context. For this to happen, some background work is necessary and Barcley provides the reader with a nice concise introduction.
I found Barcley's commentary notes to be helpful and insightful into better understanding the text. An example of this can be found in his notes on Qualifications of Elders (1 Timothy 3:1-7).Read more ›