The “Timothy” correspondence claims to be written by Paul, though many modern scholars, for very good reasons, doubt this. The issue of authorship is complex, and cannot finally be resolved. But, if the letters are as late as these scholars date them (toward the end of the first century A.D.), then the author may have been familiar with Matthew, Luke or both. In that case, 1 Timothy 1:4 could be a direct rejection of the birth stories in Matthew and Luke, and not just a rejection of the tradition that they express.