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29 Godliness, Self-Sufficiency, Greed, and the Enjoyment of Wealth: 1 Timothy 6:3–19 – Part 1

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This chapter deals with the instructions on money in 1 Timothy 6, culminating in 1 Tim 6:17-19, the concluding instruction in 1 Timothy. Studies of the moral teaching of the Pastoral Epistles (henceforth PE) have tended to concentrate on the influence of popular philosophers on the author. The author wishes to cast the net more widely, to include evidence of popular moral teaching of the day in addition to the philosophical, to provide a broader context within which to situate the Pastorals, and more narrowly, the discussion of wealth in 1 Tim 6. The Stoic's view of self-sufficiency was inextricably part of the Stoic intellectual enterprise. One could expect that a writer with a Stoic orientation would in 1 Tim 6 have contrasted the erroneous view of godliness held by the intellectually wanting heretics to a correct, rational view of godliness linked to self-sufficiency held by intellectually competent persons.

Keywords: godliness; natural wealth; self-sufficiency; Timothy



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