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28 How to Treat Old Women and Old Men: The Use of Philosophical Traditions and Scripture in 1 Timothy 5

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In this chapter, in keeping with Carl Holladay's interest in Scripture and tradition, the author wishes to extend that discussion of the Hellenistic moral traditions about old age and examines whether they illuminate the quotation of Scripture in 1 Timothy 5:18-19 in its literary context. Interest in old age in the Graeco-Roman world has grown dramatically during the last decade. Sometimes this interest developed as an offshoot from investigation of the family, but it has been abetted by modern society's preoccupation with the growing number of its own elderly, usually seen as posing challenges to the society at large. Before instructing Timothy on how to conduct himself in relation to the elderly in general, and to young men and women, and to two classes of old people in particular, the aged writer portrays Timothy as a young man who might be held in contempt because of his youth.

Keywords: Hellenistic moral traditions; scripture; Timothy



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