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First and Second Timothy and Titus: Interpretation, a Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching (Interpretation Commentary) [Hardcover]

By Thomas C. Oden (Author)
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Item description for First and Second Timothy and Titus: Interpretation, a Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching (Interpretation Commentary) by Thomas C. Oden...

This new volume in the tremendously helpful Interpretation series seeks to open the three pastoral epistles to thematic preaching. The theme? Like Paul's in the three letters, it is how laypeople and clergy can care for the church. Oden tackles the role of women in worship, problems of the rich and poor, the handling of church disruptions, and other contemporary issues.

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Thomas Oden provides a modern commentary on the pastoral letters grounded in the classical, consensual tradition of interpretation. Oden utilizes the best and most accurate research concerning the historical, literary, and philological aspects of the pastoral letters. He addresses tough issues: the role of women in worship, problems of the rich and poor, the relation between servants and masters, policies concerning support of elderly widows, and how to handle church disruptions.

Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching is a distinctive resource for those who interpret the Bible in the church. Planned and written specifically for teaching and preaching needs, this critically acclaimed biblical commentary is a major contribution to scholarship and ministry.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   190
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.26" Width: 6.3" Height: 0.83"
Weight:   0.99 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1998
Publisher   J. Knox Press
Series  Interpretation Commentary  
ISBN  0804231435  
ISBN13  9780804231435  

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More About Thomas C. Oden

Thomas C. Oden Thomas C. Oden (PhD, Yale) is Director of the Center for Early African Christianity at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania and Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Theology and Ethics at Drew University. He is an ordained Methodist minister and the author of many books, including The Rebirth of Orthodoxy: Signs of New Life in Christianity, How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind: Rediscovering the African Seedbed of Western Christianity, Doctrinal Standards in the Wesleyan Tradition, and Classic Christianity. Dr. Oden is also the general editor for the widely-used Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture series.

Born Thomas Clark Oden (October 21, 1931) he is most reknown for his work as an American United Methodist theologian and religious author. He was born in Altus, Oklahoma. He has a B.A. degree from the University of Oklahoma (1953), a B.D from Southern Methodist University (1956), an M.A. from Yale University (1958), and a Ph.D. from Yale University (1960).

Oden is best known as a proponent of paleo-orthodoxy, an approach to theology that often relies on patristic sources. He has published a series of books that he says are tools for promoting "classical Christianity." Oden suggests that Christians need to rely upon the wisdom of the historical Church, particularly the early Church, rather than on modern scholarship and theology, which is often, in his view, tainted by political agendas.

He has written, "The term paleo-orthodoxy is employed to make clear that we are not talking about neo-orthodoxy. Paleo- becomes a necessary prefix only because the term orthodoxy has been preempted and to some degree tarnished by the modern tradition of neo-orthodoxy" (Requiem, p. 130). Oden says his mission is "to begin to prepare the postmodern Christian community for its third millennium by returning again to the careful study and respectful following of the central tradition of classical Christianity" (After Modernity...What?, p. 34). Oden is also active in the Confessing Movement in America, particularly within the United Methodist Church. He serves on the board of the Institute on Religion and Democracy.

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A standout commentary on the pastorals  Dec 7, 2007
This is a tremendous addition to the literature on the pastorals. Oden is a top-notch evangelical scholar who is not afraid to cut through the fog and carefully, logically analyze a text. In particular, his analysis of authorship is refreshing in its simplicity and clarity as he makes a compelling argument for Pauline authorship.

Oden is the series editor for IVP's Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, so is uniquely qualified to draw upon historical interpretation in his exegesis.

If you must chose only one commentary on the pastorals, I would suggest this one.
Mediocre at best  Aug 23, 2004
Oden begins by dismissing all modern commentaries (anything post-Reformation) as unworthy of his attention. This leaves him with his own ideas mixed in with a few quotes from the "classics".

He does manage to squeeze a few helpful insights out of the text. The commentary is neatly arranged according to concept rather than verse-by-verse exegesis. Oden makes a somewhat compelling case for Pauline authorship.

Yet, he repeats his main ideas excessively. His wording is at times archaic and his syntax convoluted. I had to read many sentences over again to get what he was saying (and they weren't any better the second time through).


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