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1 Timoteus 2:8-12 – voorskrifte vir gedrag in die erediens, in die gewone lewe of in die huwelik? ’n Eksegetiese studie

Douw G. Breed
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 40, No 2 | a342 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v40i2.342 | © 2006 Douw G. Breed | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 July 2006 | Published: 30 July 2006

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Douw G. Breed, Skool vir Bybelwetenskappe en Bybeltale, Potchefstroomkampus, Noordwes-Universiteit, South Africa

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1 Timothy 2:8-12 – a code of conduct for public worship, ordinary life or marriage? An exegetic study
Throughout the world, the relation between men and women are currently in the spotlight. In 1 Timothy 2:8-15, Paul gave instructions to men and women that may illuminate the relation between the sexes. This article attempts to clarify Paul’s instructions to men and women. The article investigates whether Paul gives any indications in 1 Timothy 2:1-12 of whether his instructions are intended to regulate the conduct of both sexes during public worship, in ordinary life or in marriage. First, the study examines whether, in this letter, Paul gives any explicit indications of the context in which these instructions should be read. Next, it investigates Paul’s indications in his instructions for prayer (v. 1-8), decoration (v. 8-9), learning, teaching and the wielding of authority (v. 11-12). Many scholars are convinced that this passage was aimed at people’s conduct during public worship, but this study argues that Paul’s instructions could also refer to people’s conduct in ordinary life or marriage.


1 Timothy 2; Marriage; Public worship; Woman


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