The First and Second Letters to the Thessalonians

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Overview

"... undertaken to provide earnest students of the New Testament with an exposition that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship and at the same time loyal to the Scriptures as the infallible Word of God."

This statement reflects the underlying purpose of The New International Commentary on the New Testament. Begun in the late 1940s by an international team of New Testament scholars, the NICNT series has become recognized by pastors, students, and scholars alike as a critical yet orthodox commentary marked by solid biblical scholarship within the evangelical Protestant tradition.

While based on a thorough study of the Greek text, the commentary introductions and expositions contain a minimum of Greek references. The NICNT authors evaluate significant textual problems and take into account the most important exegetical literature. More technical aspects - such as grammatical, textual, and historical problems - are dealt with in footnotes, special notes, and appendixes.

Under the general editorship of three outstanding New Testament scholars - first Ned Stonehouse (Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia), then F. F. Bruce (University of Manchester, England), and now Gordon D. Fee (Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia) - the NICNT series has continued to develop over the years. In order to keep the commentary "new" and conversant with contemporary scholarship, the NICNT volumes have been - and will be - revised or replaced as necessary.

The newer NICNT volumes in particular take into account the role of recent rhetorical and sociological inquiry in elucidating the meaning of the text, and they also exhibit concern for the theology and application of thetext. As the NICNT series is ever brought up to date, it will continue to find ongoing usefulness as an established guide to the New Testament text.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802863621
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/10/2009
  • Pages: 404
  • Sales rank: 877,503
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Abbreviations xi

Bibliography xvi

Commentary on 1 Thessalonians

Introduction 3

I Authorship and Date 3

II The City and Its Christian Community 5

III The Occasion and Place of Writing 7

Text, Exposition, and Notes 9

I Thanksgiving, Narrative, and Prayer (1:1-3:13) 9

A Salutation (1:1) 12

B Thanksgiving (1:2-3) 18

C Narrative Part 1: The Thessalonians' Conversion and Following (1:4-10) 27

1 Paul Reminds the Thessalonians of Their Experience of Conversion (1:4-7) 28

2 The Thessalonians' Following Christ Had Become Well Known to Others (1:8-10) 41

D Narrative Part 2: Paul's Conduct in Thessalonica (2:1-12) 51

1 What Paul Was NOT like among the Thessalonians (2:1-7b) 54

2 What Paul WAS like among the Thessalonians (2:7c-12) 72

E The Thanksgiving Renewed (2:13) 85

F Narrative Part 3: The Thessalonians' (and Paul's) Ill Treatment (2:14-16) 89

G Narrative Part 4: In the Meantime (2:17-3:10) 103

1 Paul Had Been Thwarted from Returning (2:17-20) 104

2 The Sending of Timothy (3:1-5) 112

3 The Return of Timothy (3:6-10) 121

H The Prayer Report (3:11-13) 128

II Supplying What is Lacking (4:1-5:11) 136

A Introduction (4:1-2) 138

B Avoiding Sexual Immorality (4:3-8) 142

C Loving Others by Working with One's Own Hands (4:9-12) 155

D About Believers Who Have Died (4:13-18) 164

E About the Day of the Lord (5:1-11) 182

1 The Day of the Lord and Unbelievers (5:1-3) 184

2 The Day of the Lord and the Thessalonian Believers (5:4-11) 191

III Concluding Matters (5:12-28) 200

A Summary Exhortations(5:12-22) 201

1 Attitudes toward Their Leaders (5:12-13) 202

2 Imperatival Summation of the Letter (5:14-15) 208

3 Exhortation to Continue Basic Christian Piety (5:16-18) 213

4 About Christian Prophecy (5:19-22) 216

B Benediction (5:23-24) 225

C Closing Greetings and Final Grace (5:25-28) 231

Commentary on 2 Thessalonians

Introduction 237

I Authorship and Date 237

II Occasion for Writing 241

Text, Exposition, and Notes 243

I Thanksgiving and Prayer (1:1-12) 243

A Salutation (1:1-2) 244

B Thanksgiving, Including the First Issue (1:3-10) 246

1 Thanksgiving for Perseverance in Suffering (1:3-4) 247

2 Judgment of the Persecutors and Salvation for God's People (1:5-10) 251

C Prayer (1:11-12) 263

II The Second Issue: The "When" of the Day of the Lord (2:1-17) 268

A The Issue Presented (2:1-2) 271

B Paul's Response (2:3-12) 277

1 What Will Precede That Day (2:3-4) 278

2 What Holds Back That Day (2:5-7) 284

3 What Will Take Place on That Day (2:8-12) 289

C Conclusion (2:13-17) 297

1 Thanksgiving (2:13-14) 298

2 Concluding Exhortation (2:15) 304

3 Prayer (2:16-17) 306

III The Third Issue: About the Disruptive-Idle (3:1-15) 310

A A Captatio Benevolentiae (3:1-5) 311

1 A Request for Prayer (3:1-2a) 312

2 Affirmation and Prayer (3:2b-5) 316

B Exhortation regarding the Disruptive-Idle (3:6-12) 324

1 The Issue Presented (3:6) 325

2 First Word for the Disruptive-Idle: Imitate Paul (3:7-10) 328

3 The Issue and Exhortation Repeated (3:11-12) 332

C Exhortation to the Rest (3:13-15) 335

1 Always Do Good (3:13) 336

2 Shun the Disobedient (3:14-15) 337

IV Concluding Matters (3:16-18) 339

A Benediction (3:16) 340

B Paul's Personal Greeting (3:17) 341

C The Grace (3:18) 342

Indexes

Modern Authors 344

Subjects 349

Biblical and Other Ancient References 359

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