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THE EPISTLES OF ST. PAUL TO

TITUS, PHILEMON,

AND THE

HEBREW S.

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RECTOR OF HONITON ; PREBENDARY OF WELLS; AUTHOR OF “CHURCH DOCTRINE

BIBLE TRUTH," “CHURCH TEACHER'S MANUAL,” ETC., ETC.

SECOND EDITION

LONDON:

GEORGE BELL & SONS, YORK ST., COVENT GARDEN.

NEW YORK : 112, FOURTH AVENUE

1893.

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INTRODUCTION TO THE EPISTLE TO

TITUS.

THE
HE Epistle to Titus is, taking into account its shortness and

the fact that there is no doctrine depending upon its sole testimony, as well attested as any one of the Apostolical epistles.

It is mentioned in the Muratorian fragment in the words “Verum ad Philemonem unam, et ad Titum unam et ad Timotheum duas.” (Westcott on “Canon,” p. 529.)

One passage is quoted twice by Irenæus, “But as many as separate from the Church, and give heed to such old wives' fables as these, are truly self-condemned, and these men Paul commands us after

' a first and second admonition to avoid."" (" Against Heresies,” I. cap. xvi., 3, and also III. cap. iii., 3.)

By Clement of Alexandria it is quoted at least nine times. One will suffice, “Epimenides the Cretan, whom Paul knew as a Greek prophet, whom he mentions in the Epistle to Titus, when he speaks thus, 'One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, “The Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.”” (“Miscel. lanies," I. 14.)

By Tertullian at least twelve times, as “ To the pure all things are pure, so likewise all things to the impure are impure, but nothing is more impure than idols.” (“ De Corona," 10.)

There are undoubted reminiscences of the Epistle in the Apostolic Fathers, as in Clement of Rome, chap. ii., “ Ready to every good work;" chap. xxvii., “Nothing is impossible for God except to lie ; chap. lviii., “ Chose us through Him to be a peculiar people.”

“ If the Epistles to Timothy are received as St. Paul's there is not the slightest reason for doubting the authorship of that to Titus. Amidst the various combinations which are found amongst those who have been sceptical on the subject of the Pastoral

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