Some people think he was a child or a teenager, others believe he was a young man when he converted to Christianity.

Is there any Biblical evidence to support any of these assumptions?


How old was Timothy when he became a Christian ? The question?

when he converted to Christianity?

Some people think he was a child?

Some people think he was a teen?

Some people think he was a young man.?

Is there any Biblical evidence, to support any of these assumptions?

2Ti 1:2 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. (Not here...)

He has grandmother Lois, and mother Eunice; who were in the faith first, cause.....it say so here.

2Ti 1:5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. (Nope, not here either...)

We could speculate, but they frown on that here. I'm pretty much outta ideas.

So, no, there is no biblical evidence to prove any of these assumptions; which is really odd, 'cause you have a whole bunch of people that you cited there that think he was a child, a teenager, and a young man. That covers nearly half his life. And yet with all of these questions, and several speculative witnesses I can find no evidence of any of it. At least nothing substantial with respect to his age, or when he became a Christian.

We do, however, have him narrowly pegged; anywhere from a child to a young man, over a period of approximately twenty years. We can't really say any of that though; we must try to be precise when answering questions here, so as strange as it may seem there is absolutely no evidence for any of these assumptions. I'm surprised, I thought I would be able to find more.

I'm also surprised that no one else has answered this question yet. I almost never make it to a post before the moderators do; and this one is only seven months old. Weird.


By curtesy of Bruised Reed, we do also have this verse:

1Ti 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

This is good evidence that Timothy was a youth at the time Paul wrote 1 Timothy.

Also from Bruised Reed, I should have let him answer this one, we have incontrovertible evidence that: Timothy was familiar with the Holy scriptures from infancy. That's pretty close to a definitive answer there, if it weren't for that pesky doubt about whether or not Paul was speaking in the context of Judaism. Hek with it, I am going to change my answer in light of this new evidence.

Answer: Timothy was an infant when he became a Christian; there is plenty of evidence to support that assumption.

Thank you Bruised Reed.

2 Timothy 3:14-15New International Version 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

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  • 1 Tim 4:12 gives us a tiny bit of info - he was "young" when Paul wrote 1 Timothy. – bruised reed Jan 14 '17 at 15:16
  • Darn, I missed that, do you mind if I borrow it for my answer? It could use a little more support for some of my assertions. I would of course give you full credit @BruisedReed. – Abstraction is everything. Jan 14 '17 at 15:21
  • sure go right ahead :) – bruised reed Jan 14 '17 at 15:21
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    you're welcome, but as for "actually I think you really did all of the footwork": nonsense - you got in there and had a go, well done. – bruised reed Jan 14 '17 at 15:59
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    Knowing the Scriptures from childhood is not an evidence for conversion to Christianity. It does not make one a Christian. The Devil knew the Word of God from creation, that does not make him a follower of Jesus. Matthew 4:5-6 5 Then the devil *took Him into (G)the holy city and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and *said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, ‘(H)He will command His angels concerning You’; and ‘On their hands they will bear You up, So that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.’” – TruthSeeker Jan 25 '17 at 22:21

(Sorry, but some of the following is "tradition," and some is speculative.) Paul may have known about Timothy when he visited Lystra on his first missionary journey, but Paul actually met Timothy sometime about AD 48/49, while on his second missionary journey, when he revisited Lystra. Now, all of the commentators , I read, (too many to list here), referenced "tradition" when referring to the date of Timothy's death, which is put at AD 97..., and they add that Timothy was 80 at that time. So, speculatively speaking, if "tradition" is just even close, when you do the math and back up from AD 97 to (let's say) AD 49, that's 47 years; and, if you subtract 47 from Timothy's speculative age at death, (80), you get 33. So, even though these dates are speculative, it "could be concluded" that Timothy might have been in his late 20's or even early 30's when he was actually converted.

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    Welcome to C-SX. Many thanks for this good answer. It would be greatly improved with some references. – user43409 Jan 31 '19 at 2:31

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