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The Interpretation of μαλιστα In 1 Timothy 5:17

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The word μαλιστα in 1 Tim. 5:17 is traditionally translated into "especially", while contemporary scholars tend to translate it into "in other words". This new translation is based upon Skeat's hypothesis. However, his arguments are not convincing. If we apply the hypothesis to the verse, it is difficult to answer why the author gives directions about the πρεσβυτεροι who rule well without mentioning the πρεσβυτεροι who rule. Ruling is one thing and teaching is another. Skeat himself does not think μαλιστα is used with the meaning here. No support can be found for him in BAGD or LSJ.


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