First and Second Thessalonians

First and Second Thessalonians

by Earl J. Richard, Donald P. Senior
     
 

ISBN-10: 081465813X

ISBN-13: 9780814658130

Pub. Date: 10/28/1995

Publisher: Liturgical Press, The

The letters First and Second Thessalonians are traditionally associated with the Pauline foundation of the Macedonian Church at Thessalonica. The first is seen as representing Paul's earliest epistolary efforts and as providing two successive moments in his long relationship as advisor to that community. Soon after leaving the area for the southern province of

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The letters First and Second Thessalonians are traditionally associated with the Pauline foundation of the Macedonian Church at Thessalonica. The first is seen as representing Paul's earliest epistolary efforts and as providing two successive moments in his long relationship as advisor to that community. Soon after leaving the area for the southern province of Achaia, Paul addresses the concerns of the new Gentile converts and at a later period responds more directly to queries received from the thriving and successful community. The second document, written in Paul's name and at a later date, attempts to calm the apocalyptic fervor of the community by reiterating its traditional eschatological and Christological teaching.

After treating these introductory matters, this study provides a new translation of each section of the canonical text, explains in notes the pertinent textual and linguistic features of the text, and then offers in a series of interpretive messages a literary, rhetorical, and thematic analysis of the biblical documents. The constant concern of this commentary is to provide assistance to modern readers in discerning the relationship between the authors and their intended readers. Short bibliographies suggest other important modern studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814658130
Publisher:
Liturgical Press, The
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Series:
Sacra Pagina Series, #11
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.31(h) x 1.46(d)

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Table of Contents

Editor's Preface
Preface
Abbreviations
1Thessalonian Milieu of the Mission2
2Circumstances of Mission and Correspondence according to Acts
3New Views on the Pauline Mission and 1 Thessalonians7
4Paulinist Character and Occasion of 2 Thessalonians19
5Reading the Thessalonian Correspondence29
6General Bibliography32
First Thessalonians
1Epistolary Opening (1:1)37
2Thanksgiving (1:2-10)45
3Missionary Behavior as Paraenetic Model (2:1-12)77
4Thanksgiving (2:13)111
5The Jews and Divine Retribution (2:14-16) - An Interpolation119
6Reasons for Concern and Frustration (2:17-20)128
7Timothy's Mission (3:1-5)139
8Timothy's Return and Report (3:6-8)153
9Paul's Joy and Prayer (3:9-13)163
10Closing Exhortation (4:1-2)178
11Initial Exhortation on Holiness (4:3-8)186
12On Love of Others (4:9-12)209
13On the Faithful Departed and the Parousia (4:13-18)224
14On Being Ready for the Lord's Return (5:1-11)249
15Final Exhortation on Community Life (5:12-22)267
16Final Prayer and Epistolary Closing (5:23-28)284
Second Thessalonians
17Epistolary Opening (1:1-2)295
18First Thanksgiving (1:3-12)301
19Concerning the Lord's Day (2:1-12)322
20Second Thanksgiving (2:13-17)355
21Mutual Prayer (3:1-5)368
22Command and Exhortation (3:6-16)378
23Epistolary Closing (3:17-18)393
Index 1. Principal Ancient Parallels
Index 2. Subjects
Index 3. Authors

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