Timothy (Bishop)

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Timotheus ( ancient Greek Τιμόθεος Timótheos ; * in Lystra near Konya in today's Turkey ; † around 97 in Ephesus ) was a collaborator of the apostle Paul .


Timothy was the son of a Greek ( Acts 16.1  EU ) and the Jewess Eunike ( 2 Tim 1.5  EU ) who had come to the Christian faith . According to reports from the Acts of the Apostles and Paul's letters , he accompanied Paul on his missionary trips after he had discovered him in his hometown and taken him with him. The Acts of the Apostles also reports that Paul had the circumcision performed on Timothy ( Acts 16 :EU ).

According to later tradition, Timothy became the first bishop of Ephesus and was martyred there .

The name means something like “Fear God” or “Honor God” (Greek).

Memorial days

Timothy is the patron saint of those suffering from stomach problems , based on 1 Tim 5:23  EU .


Stained glass window by Timothy in the Musée National du Moyen Age in Paris

Timothy is often represented with a club and stone.

See also


Web links

Commons : Timothy  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Eusebius of Caesarea : Historia ecclesiastica III, 4.5; Acta Timothei , edited by Hermann Usener (1877)