RLST 152 - Lecture 19 - The "Household" Paul: the Pastorals
Lecture 19 - The "Household" Paul: the Pastorals
In the undisputed Pauline epistles, marriage is seen as a way to extirpate sexual desire - neither as a means for procreation nor as the preferred social status. The Pastoral Epistles, written to instruct in the pastoring of churches and appointing of church offices, presents quite un-Pauline attitudes. In the Pastoral Epistles, the church, rather than anecclesia, becomes a household, a specifically patriarchal structure in which men hold offices and women are not to have authority over them. They present a pro-family, anti-ascetic message in contrast to the Pauline epistles.
Ehrman, Bart D. The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, pp. 393-415
Bible: Timothy 1-2; Titus