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During his fourth missionary journey, Paul has instructed Timothy to care for the church at Ephesus while he went on to Macedonia (1 Tim 1.3). When Paul realized he might not return to Ephesus in the near future, he wrote this his first letter to Timothy, to encourage the young paster in the tasks that awaited him.
Both early church tradition and salutations of the Pastoral Letters testify that Paul wrote this letter. It was probably witten about A.D. 64, at least eight years after Paul's three-year stay in Ephesus.
The letter was written to Timothy to give him instructions regarding the church. The two main responsibilities Paul had given his young assistant were to refute false teachings and to supervise the affairs of the growing Ephesian church. A major problem in this church was heresy that combined Gnosticism, decadent Judaism.