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The odd case of Jannes and Jambres

We don’t have to sweep tricky phrases from Scripture under the carpet, says Christopher Ash. In many cases Bible scholarship can help us make sense of them.

Christopher Ash

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‘Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men oppose the truth…’ (2 Tim. 3:8) You are preparing to preach, or to lead a study, on 2 Timothy 3, when you come across Jannes and Jambres. Who are they? When and why did they oppose Moses? How is their opposition to Moses similar to (‘just as’) what the false teachers are doing in first-century Ephesus?