1 Timothy 5:18, Paul Quotes the Gospel of Luke
For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.
//Compare the above verse, in which the author of Timothy seems to be referring to the Gospel of Luke and calling it scripture, to its apparent source:
And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. –1 Timothy 5:18
If it’s true that 1 Timothy is quoting Luke, then we can draw one of two conclusions:
1. If you’re a conservative Christian, believing that Paul wrote the book of 1 Timothy, then it provides great evidence that the Gospel of Luke was written quite early. Paul died in the mid-60’s.
2. If you’re a more skeptical Bible scholar, believing that stories of Jerusalem’s downfall in Luke require it to have been written after the war of 70 AD, then it appears that Paul didn’t write the book of 1 Timothy.
And round and round we go.