Heidegger's Bible Handbook: 1 Timothy: Subscript

3. It is proven that it was written at Laodicea, and is the same that is indicated in Colossians 4:16.


Ancient Laodicea

The Greek Subscript reads in this way: πρὸς Τιμόθεον πρώτη ἐγράφη ἀπὸ Λαοδικείας, ἥτις ἐστὶ Μητρόπολις Φρυγίας τῆς Πακατιανῆς, the first epistle to Timothy was written from Laodicea, which is the Chief City of Phrygia Pacatiana. So also the Syriac. Therefore, that it was written at Laodicea, and that that Epistle written ἐκ Λαοδικείας, from Laodicea, of which mention is made in Colossians 4:16, is this first Epistle to Timothy, not a few learned Men believe. Who are more than a little supported by this, that he, commanding the Epistle from Laodicea to be read, immediately subjoins in verse 17, and say ye to Archippus: See that thou fulfil the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord: as if he should say, Advise him, that he direct his ministry according to the tenor of the Epistle that I wrote at Laodicea to Timothy, and so to all Bishops and Elders, and so also to him. Also, Saint Paul, departing from Ephesus in Macedonia, was able easily to divert to Laodicea, and there to write this Epistle, and to sent it from there to Timothy at Ephesus. Neither does what is indicated in Colossians 2:1, that the Laodiceans had not seen his face, hinder this. For the sense is that He did not stay for a long time in Laodicea and Colossæ, but that he spent his time there with a few, as at Colossæ with Epaphras;[1] and that by those few the rest were afterwards instructed.

[1] See Colossians 1:7, 8; 4:12, 14.

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