1 and 2 Thesssalonians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary

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Overview

Paul's two letters to the Thessalonians stand as some of the very earliest Christian documents, yet they appear well into Paul's missionary career, giving them a unique context well worth exploring. In this first full-scale socio-rhetorical commentary on 1 and 2 Thessalonians, Ben Witherington gleans fresh insight from reading Paul's text in the light of rhetorical concerns and patterns, early Jewish theology, and the first-century historical situation in Macedonia.

Witherington's distinctive socio-rhetorical approach helps unearth insights that would otherwise remain hidden using only form criticism, epistolary categories, and traditional criticism. Witherington details Thessalonica's place as the "metropolis" of Macedonia, and he carefully unpacks the social situation of Paul and his recipients. Scholars will appreciate the careful analysis and rhetorical insights contained here, while Witherington's clear prose and sensitivity to Paul's ideas make this work ideal for all who desire a useful, readable commentary on 1 and 2 Thessalonians.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802828361
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Witherington III is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky, and is on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University, Scotland. Witherington has twice won the Christianity Today best Biblical Studies book-of-the-year award, and his many books include We Have Seen His Glory: A Vision of Kingdom Worship and socio-rhetorical commentaries on Mark, Acts, Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philemon, Colossians, Ephesians, and 1 and 2 Thessalonians. He writes a blog at patheos.com and can also be found on the web at benwitherington.com.
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    Posted August 1, 2009

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    If you are familiar at all with any of Witherington's other work, 1 and 2 Thessalonians will come as no surprise to you. Witherington deals with all related cultural, social, and rhetorical issues in a very thorough manner, and this book is an excellent research resource for any thesis, term paper, or sermon pertaining to Paul's correspondence with the Thessalonians. The added bonus, though, is that this commentary is highly readable. It's definitely very thorough, so some of the issues covered might bore the average reader, but if someone had any question about something covered in the Thessalonian letters, Witherington certainly answers them in a way that is logical and easy to understand. Definitely a good buy for anyone wanting to learn more about the Thessalonian letters.

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