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Bible Names N-Z: Timothy


Saint Timothy in Wikipedia Timothy (Greek: Τιμόθεος; Timótheos, meaning "honouring God"[1]) was a first-century Christian bishop who died about AD 80. The New Testament indicates that Timothy traveled with Saint Paul, who was also his mentor. He is addressed as the recipient of two Pauline epistles...

Timothy in Easton's Bible Dictionary honouring God, a young disciple who was Paul's companion in many of his journeyings. His mother, Eunice, and his grandmother, Lois, are mentioned as eminent for their piety (2 Tim. 1:5). We know nothing of his father but that he was a Greek (Acts 16:1). He is first brought into notice at the time of Paul's second visit to Lystra (16:2), where he probably resided, and where it seems he was converted during Paul's first visit to that place (1 Tim. 1:2; 2 Tim. 3:11). The apostle having formed a high opinion of his "own son in the faith," arranged that he should become his companion (Acts 16:3), and took and circumcised him, so that he might conciliate the Jews. He was designated to the office of an evangelist (1 Tim. 4:14), and went with Paul in his journey through Phrygia, Galatia, and Mysia; also to Troas and Philippi and Berea (Acts 17:14). Thence he followed Paul to Athens, and was sent by him with Silas on a mission to Thessalonica (17:15; 1 Thess. 3:2). We next find him at Corinth (1 Thess. 1:1; 2 Thess. 1:1) with Paul. He passes now out of sight for a few years, and is again noticed as with the apostle at Ephesus (Acts 19:22), whence he is sent on a mission into Macedonia. He accompanied Paul afterwards into Asia (20:4), where he was with him for some time. When the apostle was a prisoner at Rome, Timothy joined him (Phil. 1:1), where it appears he also suffered imprisonment (Heb. 13:23). During the apostle's second imprisonment he wrote to Timothy, asking him to rejoin him as soon as possible, and to bring with him certain things which he had left at Troas, his cloak and parchments (2 Tim. 4:13). According to tradition, after the apostle's death he settled in Ephesus as his sphere of labour, and there found a martyr's grave.

Timothy in Fausset's Bible Dictionary First mentioned (Acts 16:1) as dwelling in Lystra (not Derbe, Acts 20:4; compare 2 Timothy 3:11). His mother was Eunice, a Jewess (2 Timothy 1:5); his father a Greek, i.e. a Gentile; he died probably in Timothy's early years, as he is not mentioned later. Timothy is called "a disciple," so that his conversion must have been before the time of Acts 16:1, through Paul (1 Timothy 1:2, "my own son in the faith") probably at the apostle's former visit to Lystra (Acts 14:6), when also we may conjecture his Scripture-loving mother Eunice and grandmother Lois were converted from Judaism to Christianity (2 Timothy 3:14-15; 2 Timothy 1:5): "faith made its "dwelling" (enookesen; John 14:23) first in Lois and Eunice," then in Timothy also through their influence. The elders ordained in Lystra and Iconium (Acts 14:21-23; Acts 16:2) thenceforth superintended him (1 Timothy 4:14); their good report and that of the brethren, as also his origin, partly Jewish partly Gentile, marked him out as especially suited to assist Paul in missionary work, labouring as the apostle did in each place, firstly among the Jews then among the Gentiles. The joint testimony to his character of the brethren of Lystra and Iconium implies that already he was employed as "messenger of the churches," an office which constituted his subsequent life work (2 Corinthians 8:23). To obviate Jewish prejudices (1 Corinthians 9:20) in regard to one of half Israelite parentage, Paul first circumcised him, "for they knew all that his father was a Greek." This was not inconsistent with the Jerusalem decree which was the Gentiles' charter of liberty in Christ (Acts 15); contrast the case of Titus, a Gentile on both sides, and therefore not circumcised (Galatians 2:3).

Timothy in Naves Topical Bible -(also Called TIMOTHEUS, the companion of Paul) -Parentage of Ac 16:1 -Reputation and Christian faith of Ac 16:2; 1Co 4:17; 16:10; 2Ti 1:5; 3:15 -Circumcised; becomes Paul's companion Ac 16:3; 1Th 3:2 -Left by Paul at Berea Ac 17:14 -Rejoined Paul at Corinth Ac 17:15; 18:5 -Sent into Macedonia Ac 19:22 -Rejoined by Paul; accompanies Paul to Asia Ac 20:1-4 -Sent salutation to the Romans Ro 16:21 -Sent to the Corinthians 1Co 4:17; 16:10,11 -Preached to the Corinthians 2Co 1:19 -Sent to the Philippians Php 2:19,23 -Sent to the Thessalonians 1Th 3:2,6 -Left by Paul in Ephesus 1Ti 1:3 -Confined with Paul in Rome Php 2:19-23; Phm 1:1; Heb 13:23 -His name found with the postscripts to Philippians, Philemon, and Hebrews, ordained bishop of the Ephesians in postscript to Second Timothy. Acts as Paul's amanuesis (scribe), see the postscript to First Corinthians and Hebrews. -Joined Paul in the letters To the Philippians Php 1:1 To the Colossians Col 1:1,2 To the Thessalonians 1Th 1:1; 2Th 1:1 To Philemon Phm 1:1 -Zeal of Php 2:19-22; 1Ti 6:12 -Power of 1Ti 4:14; 2Ti 1:6 -Paul's love for 1Co 4:17; Php 2:22; 1Ti 1:2,18; 2Ti 1:2-4 -Paul writes to 1Ti 1:1,2; 2Ti 1:1,2

Timothy in Smiths Bible Dictionary The disciple thus named was the son of one of those mixed marriages which, though condemned by stricter Jewish opinion were yet not uncommon in the later periods of Jewish history. The father's name is unknown; he was a Greek, i.e. a Gentile, by descent. Ac 16:1,3 The absence of any personal allusion to the father in the Acts or Epistles suggests the inference that he must have died or disappeared during his son's infancy. The care of the boy thus devolved upon his mother Eunice and her mother Lois. 2Ti 1:5 Under their training his education was emphatically Jewish. "From a child" he learned to "know the Holy Scriptures" daily. The language of the Acts leaves it uncertain whether Lystra or Derbe was the residence of the devout family. The arrival of Paul and Barnabas in Lycaonia, A.D. 44, Ac 14:6 brought the message of glad tidings to Timothy and his mother, and they received it with "unfeigned faith." 2Ti 1:5 During the interval of seven years between the apostle's first and second journeys the boy grew up to manhood. Those who had the deepest insight into character, and spoke with a prophetic utterance, pointed to him, 1Ti 1:18; 4:14 as others had pointed before to Paul and Barnabas, Ac 13:2 as specially fit for the missionary work in which the apostle was engaged. Personal feeling led St. Paul to the same conclusion, Ac 16:3 and he was solemnly set apart to do the work and possibly to bear the title of evangelist. 1Ti 4:14; 2Ti 1:6; 4:5 A great obstacle, however, presented itself. Timothy, though reckoned as one of the seed of Abraham, had been allowed to grow up to the age of manhood without the sign of circumcision. With a special view to the feelings of the Jews making no sacrifice of principle, the apostle, who had refused to permit the circumcision of Titus, "took and circumcised" Timothy. Ac 16:3 Henceforth Timothy was one of his most constant companions. They and Silvanus, and probably Luke also, journeyed to Philippi, Ac 16:12 and there the young evangelist was conspicuous at once for his filial devotion and his zeal. Phm 2:22 His name does not appear in the account of St. Paul's work at Thessalonica, and it is possible that he remained some time at Philippi. He appears, however, at Berea, and remains there when Paul and Silas are obliged to leave, Ac 17:14 going afterward to join his master at Athens. 1Th 3:2 From Athens he is sent back to Thessalonica, ibid., as having special gifts for comforting and teaching...

Timothy in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE tim'-o-thi (Timotheos (Acts 17:14; 18:5; 19:22; 20:4; Rom 16:21; 1 Cor 4:17; 16:10; 2 Cor 1:1,19; Phil 1:1; 2:19; Col 1:1; 1 Thess 1:1; 3:2,6; 2 Thess 1:1; 1 Tim 1:2,18; 6:20; 2 Tim 1:2; Philem 1:1; Heb 13:23; the King James Version, Timotheus): 1. One of Paul's Converts: Timothy was one of the best known of Paul's companions and fellow-laborers. He was evidently one of Paul's own converts, as the apostle describes him as his beloved and faithful son in the Lord (1 Cor 4:17); and in 1 Tim 1:2 he writes to "Timothy my true child in faith"; and in 2 Tim 1:2 he addresses him as "Timothy my beloved child." 2. A Native of Lystra: He was a resident, and apparently a native, either of Lystra or Derbe, cities which were visited and evangelized by Paul on his 1st missionary journey (Acts 14:6). It is probable that of these two cities, it was Lystra treat was Timothy's native place. For instance, in Acts 20:4 in a list of Paul's friends there are the names of "Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy"; this evidently infers that Timothy was not "of Derbe." And in Acts 16:3, the brethren who gave Paul the good report of Timothy were "at Lystra and Iconium"; the brethren from Derbe are not mentioned. Lystra was evidently Timothy's native city...

Timothy Scripture - 1 Timothy 1:18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;

Timothy Scripture - 1 Timothy 6:20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane [and] vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

Timothy Scripture - 1 Timothy 6:21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace [be] with thee. Amen. <[The first to Timothy was written from Laodicea, which is the chiefest city of Phrygia Pacatiana.]>

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