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Definition and dates for Jewish christians

Titus 1:10 For there are also many rebels, idle talkers and deceivers, especially the Jewish Christians. (NABRE) I often see references to Jewish Christians, but I have no idea who they really were. ...
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Are there any reasonable non-traditional interpretations of Romans 13 and similar "submit to the authorities" passages?

I can't make any coherent sense of the submission to government passages in the Bible like Romans 13:1-7, 1 Peter 2:13-17, and Titus 3:1. I understand that there is a practical element to these ...
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Does the Granville Sharp rule apply to Titus 2:13 when dealing with "the Blessed Hope?

...while we wait for the Blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God... (Titus 2:13, KJV) The modern NIV translation seems to translate this part of verse 13 as if the Granville Sharp rule ...
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Is there a connection between the fire of Gehenna and the fire that is kindled by an unruly (ungodly) tongue?

In James chapter 3, counsel is given about controlling one’s tongue (the words one speaks) so as not to set aflame “the course of nature and being inflamed by Gehenna” (James 3:6, as in the literal ...
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Does Titus 1:6 prevent fathers of rebellious children from being elders?

In Titus 1:5-6, Paul writes the following to Titus (NKJV, emphasis added): For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every ...
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How to understand Titus 3:10 in light of Matthew 18:15-17?

Titus 3:10 NIV Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. In the above text it seems only two warnings are given yet in the Matthew text ...
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How to understand Paul's situation in 2 Corinthians 2:12-13?

2 Corinthians 2:12-13 NASB Now when I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ and when a door was opened for me in the Lord, I had no rest for my spirit, not finding Titus my brother; but taking my ...
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What is the etymology of the Greek word episkopos (επισκοπος) and how should it be translated in Titus 1:7

I understand that the word bishop comes from the Greek word ‘episkopos’, which means overseer, superintendent, supervisor, or foreman. Also derived from ‘episkopos’ are the English words episcopacy, ...
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The logos in Titus 2:5

Titus 2:5 (ESV), 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. The Greek text of the phrase emboldened above is ὁ ...
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What does Titus 2:11 mean by “bringing salvation to all people”?

We read: “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people. It trains us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the ...
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Titus 1:3 “manifesting His Word through preaching”?

Q: What does Paul mean in Titus 1:3 that God manifested His Word through preaching? Is Paul suggesting Holy Spirit fillings with respect to preaching? Why didn’t Paul say: “manifested His Word ...
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Titus 2:13 Savior Jesus Christ as title or appositive

In Titus 1:3, among other passages, we find “σωτῆρος ἡμῶν θεοῦ“ used as a singular title “Our Savior God/God our Savior”. However in Titus 2:13 we find “σωτῆρος ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ” is generally ...
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Cretans are always liars?

Was Paul aware of the Epimenides paradox when he wrote in Titus 1: 12 One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.” 13a This saying is true. Was ...
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Did Paul treat God and Jesus as one person in Titus 2:13?

New King James Version Titus 2 text: 11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, ...
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How might we reconcile Titus 3:3 with Philippians 3:4b-6?

In his Letter to Titus, the apostle Paul seems to include himself in his description of those who earlier practiced sinful behavior: Titus 3:3: "For we also once were foolish ourselves, ...
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Is Titus 3:9 evidence that Matthew’s Gospel genealogy was in circulation & criticized for including Jeconiah? [closed]

The Controversy associated with Jesus’ genealogy in Matthew 1:12 involves God’s Curse on Jeconiah’s descendants from Jeremiah 22:24-30. Matthew 1:12 sets up a genealogy for Jesus’ Davidic kingship ...
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Did Paul prohibit a woman from being an elder of a church?

Titus 1: 5 The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. 6 An elder must be blameless, faithful to his ...
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Who is our Savior: God or Jesus?

Titus 3:4-7 (ESV): 4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the ...
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How to understand Titus 3:9?

Titus 3:9 But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. Where do we draw the line between proper hermeneutics ...
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In Titus 3:5 are both regeneration and renewal from the Holy Spirit?

Titus 3:5 in the ESV reads: he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, Should we ...
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Why was the word "Bishop" used in Titus 1:7 and 1 Peter 2:25 [KJV] instead of "Guardian" (ἐπίσκοπον)?

Why was the word "Bishop" used in Titus 1:7 and 1 Peter 2:25 [KJV] instead of "Guardian" / "Episkopon" (Ἐπίσκοπον)? 1 Peter 2:25 [KJV] [25] "For ye were as sheep ...
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Galatians 4:3,8,9,21; could we consider elements of the world as Principalities and Powers?

Galatians 4:3,8,9,21;Colossians 1:16, Colossians 2:15; Titus 3:1; Ephesians 6:12. Could we consider elements of the world as Principalities and Powers? Galatians 4:3,8,9,21 (DRB): 3So we also, when ...
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Is the article at Titus 2:13 anaphoric? If not, what grammatical reasons deny it is?

Is the article at Titus 2:13 anaphoric? If not, what grammatical reasons deny it is? Note: Keep in mind that Wallace says "Most individualizing articles will be anaphoric" [a] Also ...
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Titus 3:10, "stirs up division" or "heretic"?

Titus 3:10 (DRB): A man that is a heretic, after the first and second admonition, avoid: Titus 3:10 (ESV): As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have ...
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Assuming Paul intended Titus 2:13 to mean two different referents, what advantage does his choice of words have over others which are unambiguous?

Paul wrote to Titus to exhort him to sound teaching (or doctrine). He said this 5 times in the first 26 verses (1:9, 13-14, 2:1, 7, 10). Then he follows with a statement whose meaning is disputed: ...
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Is the letter to Titus a more relevant source of John's "the Word," ὁ λόγος, than Philo, Hellenistic philosophy, or Jewish Wisdom literature?

When considering the meaning of terms Paul applied to Jesus in the letter to Titus, the phrase "the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ" (2:13) is much debated. There are grammatical arguments for ...
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Variant Readings of Titus 2:13

Are there any variant readings of Titus 2:13, possessing at least one of the following three characteristics ? the omission of the name Jesus Christ at the end of the verse a definite article placed ...
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Since BDAG says "και" suggests a semantic aspect at Titus 2:13 that justifies that “our Great God” is the Father and not Jesus, is και adjunctive?

Since BDAG says "και" suggests a semantic aspect at Titus 2:13 that justifies that “our Great God” is the Father and not Jesus, is και adjunctive?
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Does μεγάλου θεοῦ, great God, in Titus come from Isaiah 9:6?

The letter to Titus has a much debated verse: waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13) [ESV] προσδεχόμενοι τὴν μακαρίαν ἐλπίδα ...
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Are elders required to be old? [closed]

In Titus 1 Paul tells Titus to appoint elders in the cities of Crete. In chapter 2 Paul gives instructions for older men and women. Though the words are different (presbuteros vs presbutos) they are ...
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Where should the pronoun ἡμῶν (our) be placed in Titus 2:13?

Where should the pronoun ἡμῶν (our) be placed in Titus 2:13? Most translations place it before the word “God”, such as the ESV: “our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (ESV). A few translations place ...
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Titus 1:15 What does 'to the pure all things are pure' mean?

This came up in a Bible Study recently. It's an enigmatic statement when taken on its own, but there is a context in terms of false teachers. Can anyone shed light on what it means in the context?
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In Titus 2:13 is "that blessed hope" an allusion to Psalms 84:5?

Brenton Septuagint Translation Psalm 84: 1For the end, a Psalm for the sons of Core, concerning the wine-presses. How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! 2My soul longs, and faints ...
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How would one normally phrase “Our God and Savior Jesus Christ” in Koine Greek to refer to one person and two persons?

In Titus 2:13, Some say that the phrase “Our God and Savior Jesus Christ” refers to two persons and some say it refers to one. What would that phrase look like in Koine Greek if it refers to one ...
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In Titus 3:13 was Zenas the lawyer a Christian?

Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them. - Titus 3:13 Based on the passage above, is it evident whether Zenas the lawyer was a part of the ...
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What is the definition of the Greek word nēphalios in Titus 2:2?

I was looking up the meaning of the Greek word nēphalios (νηφάλιος) from Titus 2:2, and in both Thayer's Greek Lexicon and Strong's Definitions, it defines nēphalios as something along the lines of ...
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What does "above reproach" mean?

1 Tim 3:2 and Titus 1:6-7 talk about an elder being "above reproach." How do you understand this phrase? The explanations I've heard are either impossible to attain (nearly perfect/sinless) or so ...
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Did Paul in 1 Timothy 3:4 and Titus 1:6 require potential elders to already have children?

In the two New Testament passages describing qualifications for πρεσβυτέρους (commonly 'elders'), each has a phrase relating to children: 1 Timothy 3:4 τέκνα ἔχοντα ἐν ὑποταγῇ Children - ...
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How can we reconcile Colossians 4:11 & Titus 1:10?

Colossians 4:11(KJV) 11 And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me. Titus 1:10 (...
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In Titus 1:5, what is the meaning of καταστήσῃς?

In Titus 1:5, it is written, Εʹ Τούτου χάριν κατέλιπόν σε ἐν Κρήτῃ ἵνα τὰ λείποντα ἐπιδιορθώσῃ καὶ καταστήσῃς κατὰ πόλιν πρεσβυτέρους ὡς ἐγώ σοι διεταξάμην TR, 1550 My question concerns the ...
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Of Titus and Old Men

Text In Titus 1:5, Paul writes that he left Titus in Crete to appoint πρεσβυτέρους (commonly translated 'elders') in every town: "This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what ...
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In Titus 2:1-2, are the roles Paul describes the “sound doctrine”? [duplicate]

1 You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. 2 Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance. Titus 2:1-2 ...
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Why does Paul skip his usual blessing in Galatians, Titus, and 1 Timothy?

If we compare those three letters with those of Rom 1:8–10; 1 Cor 1:4–6; 2 Cor 1:3–7; Eph 1:1–10; Phil 1:4–6; Col 1:3–4; 1 Thess 1:2–3; 2 Thess 1:3–4; 2 Tim 1:3–4, we find that it doesn't begin with a ...
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Does Titus 2:13 refer to one person or two? [duplicate]

In the second coming of Our God, are there two persons who will appear in the clouds? Titus 2:13 (KJV) Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour ...
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What evidence suggests that Paul was not the author of Titus?

I am aware that only a minority of critical scholars recognize Paul as the author of Titus. What I am not sure of is why. Does "the author" say something in the letter that sounds "non-Pauline"? Does ...
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In 1 Timothy 3:4, is the the Greek word translated into English as “children” declined in the singular or plural number?

In 1 Timothy 3:4, regarding the qualifications of the elder, it states, “...having his children in subjection” (cf. Tit. 1:6). 4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in ...
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What does Paul mean by "sound doctrine" in Titus 2:1

What does Paul mean by sound doctrine? e.g., in the following verse: Titus 2:1 (ESV) But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Today, some people talk about doctrines, some of which ...
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Does Granville Sharp's Rule indicate that “God” and “Savior” share a referent in Titus 2:13 and 2 Peter 1:1?

Granville Sharp's rule states that when a clause has two nouns (or other substantive) in the same case, connected by a copulative kai ("and"), that are not proper nouns (i.e. not someone's name), ...
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Difference among "Word", "word" and "Doctrine"

I heard that there are difference among "Word", "word" and "Doctrine". Please notice "Word" has a capital letter "W". I feel that sometimes "word" and "Word" are used mixedly in the Bible. For ...
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Paul's knowledge of Jannes and Jambres the magicians of Egypt

Per Paul in: 2 Timothy 3:8 ESV Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. Which is cross ...
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