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Timothy

Timothy’s mixed parentage motivated Paul to have him circumcised (Acts 16:3). This seems contrary to the decision of the [[Jerusalem Council]] held shortly before the second missionary journey (15:27-29) and the vindication of Paul’s position is demonstrated in the fact that [[Titus]] was not compelled to be circumcised (Gal 2:3). This mixed parentage, however, could have become an occasion for serious offense in Jewish circles if he had remained uncircumcised, and apparently Paul judged that this concession would be necessary for the maximum effectiveness of Timothy’s work. That Timothy was rather young when he joined Paul is suggested by Paul’s exhortation, “let no one despise your youth” (1 Tim 4:12), which was given some fifteen years later. During his extended residence in [[Ephesus]] on his third missionary journey, Paul sent Timothy to Corinth to deal with the vexing problems in that church (1 Cor 4:17; 16:10). It appears that he was not successful in this mission and retur