Epistle to Titus

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Titus is a TV show that ran in the early 2000s with some off color humor. Course, being that it was actually funny, it was pulled within a year.

It is also a New Testament book supposedly written by Paul to his fellow evangelical, Titus. Scholars typically doubt that the three pastoral letters (Titus, Timothy 1 & 2) were written by Paul.

Titus advises the reader to always obey princes and authorities, slaves to obey their masters, and to avoid foolish controversies and genealogies. Foolish genealogies? This could either mean don't marry your cousin, or don't hang around with those who foolishly trace their ancestry so they can baptize their dead relatives. Titus also contains some choice words about Them. Them? You know, them. "Those of the circumcision". (Wink wink). "These must be rebuked, for they upset whole households"..."Hence rebuke them sharply that they may not listen to Jewish fables"..."Being abominable and unbelieving and useless for any good work". Blah blah blah. Nope, doubt that the circumcised Rabbi Paul wrote this at all.

Blatant anti-Semitism aside, Titus is a fairly boring letter, so much so, even the Great and Glorious Oz Wikipedia has only one paragraph on the letter's content.

Titus 1:12-13 gives insight to the famous Epimenides paradoxWikipedia's W.svg:

Titus 1:12-13
One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;

Where the Cretan prophet said "The Cretians are alway liars", which pretty much includes the prophet him/herself. See also self-refuting idea.

(This is not a stub, how can it be a stub. The letter is shorter than this article.)

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