Biblical People

Biblical People: Eunice

Eunice is the mother of Timothy, who, as Paul’s protégé, grows in his faith to help others grow in theirs. Though we know the results of Eunice’s character as reflected in her son, we know little about her. 

She’s only mentioned twice in the Bible. She’s Jewish and believes in Jesus. However, contrary to Jewish law, she married a non-Jew. This puts her on the outside of Jewish society, causing true Jews to shun her or look down on her.

She also doesn’t circumcise her son, as required by Jewish law. However, despite the ramifications of who she marries, we also know she has a real faith, which she learned from her mother and passes on to her son.

Our faith is the greatest thing we can give to our children. Are we doing all we can?

[Discover more about Eunice in Acts 16:1 and 2 Timothy 1:5.]

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