Linus (identified as the Linus in 2 Timothy 4:21) was close to the Apostle Peter. Tradition says he took over as a leader of the church when Peter was crucified. In The Book of the Popes, he is named as the second Pope, even though there were no official Popes at that time.
- What does coming "into the church" mean? Is that the form of the phrase in its original language? Does it mean coming into the church meeting, or entering the church body by becoming a Christian?
- If this was from Linus himself, what form did the church take in Linus' time? Did people say, "come into the church" to talk about coming to a church meeting? (Perhaps. See 1 Cor 14:23 & 24) Were there church buildings then?
- If the quote is from a time closer to the 5th or 6th century AD, the phrase, "come into the church" would fit with church buildings.
- It links the tradition to the Apostle Peter.
- It says Linus decreed this. Did women still rebel against this tradition then?