Bishops and Deacons (1 Timothy 3)

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Most denominations of the world’s largest religion—Christianity—organize themselves through networks of bishops. Their role evolved from the ministry of oversight (episkopé) exercised in the very early days of the Church’s life. The earliest ‘person specification’ for this episcopal role (and also for that of deacons) can be found in 1 Timothy 3. Historically attributed to St Paul, this text reflects the realities of the first-century Church, when bishops and deacons could marry and have children.
Original languageEnglish
TypeCommentaries for online database The Visual Commentary on Scripture
Media of outputtext
PublisherKings College London
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameThe Visual Commentary on Scripture


  • exegesis
  • religious art
  • medieval art
  • manuscripts
  • mosaic
  • fresco
  • bishops
  • deacons
  • Church

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