Timothy or Timothy of Ephesus (Greek: Τιμόθεος; Timótheos, meaning "honouring God" or "honoured by God") was an early Christian evangelist and the first Christian bishop of Ephesus, who tradition relates died around the year AD 97.
|Born||c. AD 17|
Lystra or Derbe
|Died||c. AD 97 (aged 79/80)|
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church|
|Feast||January 22 (Eastern Christianity)|
January 26 (Roman Catholic Church, Lutheranism)
January 24 (some local calendars and pre-1970 General Roman Calendar)
23 Tobi (Coptic Christianity)
27 Tobi (Relocation of Relics - Coptic Christianity)
Thursday after fifth Sunday after feast of the Holy Cross (Armenian Apostolic Church)
|Patronage||Invoked against stomach and intestinal disorders|
Timothy was from the Lycaonian city of Lystra or of Derbe in Asia Minor, born of a Jewish mother who had become a Christian believer, and a Greek father. The Apostle Paul met him during his second missionary journey and he became Paul's companion and missionary partner along with Silas. The New Testament indicates that Timothy traveled with Paul the Apostle, who was also his mentor. He is addressed as the recipient of the First and Second Epistles to Timothy. While included in the Pauline epistles of the New Testament, First and Second Timothy are considered by many biblical scholars to be pseudoepigraphical and not written by Paul.