The reason Titus has been left in Crete by Paul is to "straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.
The Epistle to Titus is traditionally dated to the end of Paul's ministry in the late 60s C.E., while critical scholars date it between 80 C.E.
Titus, as Paul's "true child in a common faith" is now called upon to deal with another difficult situation.
The Epistle to Titus emphasizes a number of themes that became important in Christian history.
The Epistle to Titus is a book of the New Testament, one of the three so-called "pastoral epistles" (with 1 Timothy and 2 Timothy).
One of the peculiarities of the Epistle to Titus is the inclusion of text which has become known as the Epimenides paradox.
The author of Titus identifies himself as "Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ."
Titus has a very close affinity with 1 Timothy, sharing similar phrases and expressions and similar subject matter.
The writer instructs Titus to "pay no attention to Jewish myths," because "to the pure, all things are pure."
Scholars who believe Paul wrote Titus date its composition from the circumstance that it was written after Paul's visit to Crete (Titus 1:5).
Doubt about Paul's authorship of Titus has been expressed by critical scholars since the mid-nineteenth century.
In 2 Corinthians, Titus plays an important role in reconciling Paul and the Corinthian church, where a serious breach had occurred.
Titus should encourage the church with these sound doctrines and "rebuke with all authority."