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15. 1 Timothy

Timothy, a young Christian from Asia Minor, was the son of a Jewish mother and a Greek father. He became a companion and assistant to Paul in his missionary work. This letter was written around 64 AD to deal with three main concerns:

First of all, a warning against false teaching in the church. This teaching was based on the belief that the physical world is evil and that one can attain salvation only by special secret knowledge and by practices such as avoiding certain foods and not marrying. Secondly, the instructions about church administration and worship, with a description of the kind of character that church leaders and helpers should have. Finally, Timothy is advised how to be a good servant of Jesus Christ and the responsibilities that he has towards various groups of believers.