I have been diligently studying the qualifications for Elders. I recently stumbled upon a discussion regarding the use of tekna. In one of your articles, you stated the exception of "plural of class" using widows in I Timothy 5. You stated that I Timothy 3 and Titus 1 show no indication of the plural of class exception. Please consider, not just Titus 1:6 alone, but Titus 1:5-6. In verse 5 it states "Elders" (plural), then it proceeds to talk about those men who qualify to be Elders. It seems to me that if I Timothy 5 with widows is then talking about an individual widow and it meets the plural of class exception, then Titus 1 would as well. If this is the case then an Elder could have one or more children. Is this logical and correct?
Thank you for your help!
Where in the case of the widow in I Timothy 5, I can make the argument from the passage that a widow can have one child because of the use of teknon in I Timothy 5:10 and the points made that a child should care for his parent (I Timothy 5:8, 16), I am missing these sorts of clues in Titus 1:5-9. Yes, we have elders in verse 5 being taken one at a time starting in verse 6, but this is insufficient by itself to declare that there is a plural of class being used in regards to tekna (children). As I mentioned, plural of class was not commonly used. In addition, the passage in I Timothy 3 does not even have the plural taken one at a time format. It is solidly singular while using the plural tekna (children).
Titus 1:5-9 does not form a necessary inference that Paul was using a plural of class. Combined with I Timothy 3, the evidence is heavily on the side that Paul was stating that each elder was expected to have raised a plurality of children.