In the order of inclusion in our Bible, this is the last of the three short letters, known as "the Pastoral Epistles," which Paul wrote to encourage and instruct two young pastors, Timothy and Titus. Chronologically, the first letter to Timothy, and this letter to Titus, were probably written at the same time (c. 65 AD), late in Paul's ministry, following his release from his first imprisonment in Rome (c. 64 AD). According to early Christian tradition, during this period, Paul traveled as far west as Spain, and then returned eastward to revisit some of the churches which he had established in Asia Minor, Macedonia and Achaia. His freedom to travel is evident in both of these epistles (1Tim 1:3; Titus 1:5). Perhaps one or two years after writing those letters, Paul, again imprisoned in Rome, and knowing that he would soon depart to be with the Lord, wrote his second letter to Timothy (c.66 - 67 AD), charging him to serve the Lord faithfully, to the end.
The two earlier epistles (1Timothy and Titus) have many similarities, and share one theme, which is: the necessity of establishing proper order and leadership in the local church. They differ slightly in emphasis, as First Timothy stresses the importance of teaching sound doctrine, while Titus emphasizes the importance of living in accordance with sound doctrine.
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