PROBABLY A.D. 65 FROM MACEDONIA
BY WAY OF INTRODUCTION
Assuming the Pauline authorship the facts shape up after this fashion. Paul had been in Ephesus (#1Ti 1:3|) after his arrival from Rome, which was certainly before the burning of Rome in A.D. 64. He had left Timothy in charge of the work in Ephesus and has gone on into Macedonia (#1Ti 1:3|), possibly to Philippi as he had hoped (#Php 2:24|). He wishes to help Timothy meet the problems of doctrine (against the Gnostics), discipline, and church training which are increasingly urgent. There are personal touches of a natural kind about Timothy's own growth and leadership. There are wise words here from the greatest of all preachers to a young minister whom Paul loved.