Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Theodoret of Cyrus: Remarriage of Widows and Value of Chores

So I prefer younger widows to marry, have children, run a household, give no grounds to the adversary for abuse (v.14). While the divine apostle says, I prefer, Novation says, I do not prefer. He also gives the reason for his preference: so that by being subject to their husbands and taken up with household chores they will be free from the harm which idleness begets.

- Theodoret of Cyrus (around A.D. 393 to around A.D. 457), Commentary on 1 Timothy, Chapter 5, in Theodoret of Cyrus, Commentary on the Letters of St. Paul, Volume 2, p. 224 (2001), Robert C. Hill translator.