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Jerome Murphy-O'Connor

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199266531

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199266530.001.0001

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The Final Years

The Final Years

(p.218) 12 The Final Years

Jerome Murphy-O'Connor

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When Paul’s mission in Spain failed, he went back to Illyricum. After a year or so there he travelled via Troas to Ephesus, where he took over from Timothy, who had proved a failure as a leader. Paul himself did no better and moved to Miletus. There he got word of Nero’s persecution of Christians in Rome. He went there to reinforce the decimated community. The gesture was not appreciated by the Roman church, which boycotted him when he was imprisoned. Those who had come with him from Asia drifted away.2 Tim reflects both optimism and fear. He was beheaded in the last quarter of a.d. 67.

Keywords:   2 Timothy, Illyricum, imprisonment, Miletus, Nero, Paul, persecution, Timothy, Troas

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