It is clear that Paul, Lois, Eunice, and any others who may have nurtured Timothy are not viewed as independent authorities apart from the Word, but as secondary or intermediate sources of knowledge [or] avenues of instruction, and even this only because they accepted Scripture.  Hence, not tradition and Scripture (which really means tradition superimposed upon Scripture) are here viewed as basically authoritative.  Scripture, alone, is [the] final authority, and tradition is important only in the measure in which it adheres to and imparts Scripture.  When it does this, then it is of considerable significance, and this, especially, in the education of children who, as yet, are not able to read and/or interpret Scripture itself. – William Hendriksen (1900-1982), from his 1957 commentary on 1 and 2 Timothy (at 2 Timothy 3.14-15).

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