2 Timothy 3, 14 – 4, 2 is a classic of the Bible speaking about itself; it’s rare in scripture. The curious thing is that Paul is speaking of the Hebrew Scriptures, because the Greek New Testament Scriptures have neither been written yet and certainly not organized in a canon. In other words, Paul is writing that the prophets and all the histories and wisdom writings assuredly point to Jesus. Because of this and other passages, Justin Martyr had an argument to preserve the Hebrew writings in the canon. This important point is coupled with the injunction to then proclaim the word.

The word “proclaim” is neither sermonize or homilies the word of God. The verb is κηρυξον, or “kerygma”. It is the rooster’s crow that wakes us up. This rarely happens on Sundays as some internet print out messages is read by a droning voice, so that the homilist is safe from any attacks of certain wings of the church. American Catholic do not know the kergyma nor do they have a taste for the proclamation. The imperatives of verse 2 flesh out what proclamation might look like: convince, reprimand, encourage.

Alan Hartway

Theological Studies at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago IL; Master of Fine Arts, Poetics, at Naropa University, Boulder CO 1996; Master of Arts, Greek Classics, University of Colorado, Boulder CO 2012; Taught at Naropa University from 1999 through 2015; Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies from 2007-2015; Member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Kansas City Province since 1974; Pastor at Guardian Angel Catholic Church, Mead, CO, ministry from 2007-2020 Currently Retired

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