Week Forty: The Teacher

Preparation

  • Recite or sing/chant Psalms 130 and 131 (I suggest you memorize these two Psalms)
  • Moment of Silence

 Presence (through the Scripture)

  • Psalm reading (select from below):
    • Morning: Psalm 41
    • Noon: Psalm 93
    • Vespers: Psalm 119:169-176
    • Night: Psalm 112
  • Moment of silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday: 1 Timothy 1:3-20
    • Tuesday: 1 Timothy 2:1-15
    • Wednesday: 1 Timothy 3:1-16
    • Thursday: 1 Timothy 4:1-16
    • Friday: 1 Timothy 5:1-20
  • Moment of silence

 Prayers

  • Prayers of thanksgiving and petition
  • Journaling and silent reflection
  • Close with the “Lord’s Prayer”

Practice

It is important to understand that the New Testament documents are a collection of writings from narratives and poetry to personal letters. These documents are 2,000 years old and translated from a dead language (Koine Greek). They also represent at least three different Mediterranean cultures (Roman, Greek, Hebrew). So what some consider the obvious meaning may not be accurate.

For instance, Paul is writing Timothy who is working in Ephesus—the center of Artemis worship. Among other things Artemis adherents believed her to be the protector of wealth (the Artemisium was like the Swiss banking system of the ancient world), the goddess of childbirth (if a woman converted away from Artemis the fear was she would die during childbirth), and she was considered the source of humanity. These beliefs directly affect interpretation of 1 Timothy in the areas of women, wealth, and false teachers.

There are many ancient sources one should be acquainted with in order to gain a fuller picture of the ancient culture. Ephesiaca (The Ephesians) is a novel by Xenophen which has recently been redated to the middle of the first century. Research the worship of Artemis this week and see if it affects your understanding of 1 Timothy. A name you might want to research is Dr. Gary Hoag who wrote a dissertation and a monologue on wealth in Ephesus in connection with new discoveries regarding Ephesiasca by Xenophon of Ephesus.

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About Darryl Willis

Darryl has been working for non-profits for over 36 years. His current work takes him to Ukraine several times a year. He has fallen in love with the country and the people. Darryl writes poetry and his work has appeared in several online and print journals.
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