Questions tagged [titus]

Questions regarding the Epistle of Paul to his co-laborer Titus.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
3 votes
3 answers
49 views

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, ...
user avatar
  • 7,815
3 votes
1 answer
229 views

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 ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
78 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 2,327
1 vote
2 answers
136 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 2,327
2 votes
2 answers
103 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 175
3 votes
5 answers
1k views

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 ...
user avatar
5 votes
8 answers
1k views

Did Paul treat God and Jesus as one person in Titus 2:13?

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, righteously, and godly in the ...
user avatar
3 votes
3 answers
73 views

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, ...
user avatar
  • 9,115
1 vote
1 answer
91 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 7,888
4 votes
4 answers
464 views

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 ...
user avatar
8 votes
8 answers
3k views

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 ...
user avatar
6 votes
4 answers
262 views

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 ...
user avatar
4 votes
4 answers
377 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 1,319
2 votes
3 answers
326 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 7,888
2 votes
2 answers
120 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 3,717
-5 votes
2 answers
159 views

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 ...
user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
115 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 3,717
4 votes
1 answer
118 views

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: ...
user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
115 views

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 ...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
76 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 55
-1 votes
5 answers
197 views

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?
user avatar
7 votes
1 answer
116 views

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 ...
user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
117 views

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 ...
user avatar
3 votes
3 answers
187 views

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 ...
user avatar
4 votes
2 answers
846 views

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?
user avatar
0 votes
2 answers
173 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 13.3k
6 votes
4 answers
560 views

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 ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
580 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 603
1 vote
1 answer
178 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 81
6 votes
4 answers
4k views

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 ...
user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
194 views

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 - ...
user avatar
  • 5,176
-3 votes
2 answers
175 views

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 (...
user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
320 views

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 ...
user avatar
6 votes
2 answers
305 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 5,176
3 votes
1 answer
271 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 237
2 votes
3 answers
1k views

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 ...
user avatar
6 votes
2 answers
1k views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 547
13 votes
2 answers
3k views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 11.8k
4 votes
2 answers
2k views

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 ...
user avatar
8 votes
6 answers
60k views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 3,178
20 votes
7 answers
2k views

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), ...
user avatar
  • 523
2 votes
1 answer
777 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 169
12 votes
4 answers
4k views

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 ...
user avatar
11 votes
2 answers
1k views

Why do the Pastorals warn about genealogies?

In both 1 Timothy 1:4 and Titus 3:9 Paul warns his students against "endless genealogies." Obviously the Bible itself contains genealogies, even in the Gospels, so it seems like there must be ...
user avatar
  • 35.4k
8 votes
4 answers
3k views

Doesn't Titus 1:12 show that apostle Paul promotes racism?

Titus 1:12 Even one of their own prophets has said, "Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons." 13 This testimony is true. Therefore, rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in ...
user avatar