Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Edgar Krentz

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Matthew 3:13-17; Acts 9:1-9; Exodus 29:4; Ezekiel 1-2; Ezekiel 36:25-27; Ezekiel 47:12; Hebrews 9:10; Isaiah 1:15; Isaiah 1:16-17; Isaiah 4:4; Isaiah 6:1-13; Jeremiah 1:5-19; Jeremiah 4:14; John 1:30-34; Leviticus 11-15; Leviticus 16:4, 24; Leviticus 17:15; Leviticus 6:20; Luke 16:16; Luke 3:20; Luke 3:21-22; Luke 3:23-38; Luke 4:21; Luke 5:1-11; Matthew 3:1; Numbers 8:7; Psalm 51:4-9; Revelation 1:9-20; Zech. 13:1;


This paper is a tentative reappraisal of the nature of the μυ̑θοι and δενεαλοδίαι as these reflect a portion of the heresy combatted in the Pastorals. It is not intended to be an investigation of the entire heresy, much less the complete gamut of exhortation which the Epistles contain. This might appear to pose a false separation, since the wider contexts of the passages that include mention of the μυ̑θοι and δενεαλοδίαι seem to draw in much of the polemic and even some of the advice concerning early church order contained in these letters. Nonetheless, only those aspects of the false teaching which have been considered have been evaluated as being directly related to the μυ̑θοι and δενεαλοδίαι. The possible arbitrariness of this distinction is fully recognized. However, this has been done with careful attention to the contexts of the passages themselves, to the external evidence, and to the secondary sources. Where significant departures occur between this study and the commentaries, that disagreement has been noted and in some cases evaluated.

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