1-2 Thessalonians

1-2 Thessalonians

by Nijay K. Gupta


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1-2 Thessalonians by Nijay K. Gupta

In the first century, the Thessalonian church grieved deaths in their community, endured harsh persecution, and struggled with questions about the future. Paul offered them the comforts and reassurances of hope in the Messiah, but he offered far more than mere wishful thinking or ‘pie in the sky’ comfort. Paul’s emphasis on hope in Jesus involved capturing a vision of God’s redeemed and just future in order to see and live faithfully today. Paul did not believe in a passive hope but an active hope, to which, if the Day of the Messiah is a beacon, believers diligently move having set their course. That diligence is especially captured by love for Christian brothers and sisters, commitment to honest and productive work, and obedience to the truth of the gospel of Jesus.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498286534
Publisher: Lightning Source Inc
Publication date: 07/12/2016
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Dr Nijay K. Gupta (PhD, New Testament, University of Durham) teaches Biblical Studies at Seattle Pacific University. He is the author of the book Worship That Makes Sense to Paul (2010), and over a dozen academic articles in theological journals. He is also assistant editor for Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letter.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Abbreviations List ix

Introduction 1

Excursus: Was the Church of the Thessalonians a Male-Only Guild? 8

Excursus: Gentile Believers Incorporated into Israel's Story through Jesus 12

Excursus: Hypothesizing a Clandestine Attack 14

Thanksgiving for the Thessalonians (1 Thess 1:1-10) 38

Fusing the Horizons: Blood-Blind in the New Covenant Community 42

Fusing the Horizons: Metamorphosis 45

Paul's Blameless Ministry (1 Thess 2:1-12) 50

Excursus: Gentle or Infants? (2:7b) 55

Fusing the Horizons: Integrity and Transparency in New Covenant Leadership 59

Praiseworthy Endurance Amidst Persecution (1 Thess 2:13-16) 61

Excursus: Could Paul Have Written 1 Thess 2:14-16? 62

Fusing the Horizons: A Hospitable Community for All People 64

Paul's Love, Pride, and Concern (1 Thess 2:17-3:13) 66

Fusing the Horizons: Life Together 74

Exhortation to Persevere and Grow in Holiness, Love, and Integrity (1 Thess 4:1-12) 77

Excursus: Sexual Immorality in the Greco-Roman World 79

Excursus: "Sibling Love" (philadelphia) SJ

Fusing the Horizons: A New Covenant Community of Love 86

Excursus: Work and Quietness 88

Fusing the Horizons: Living Quiet Lives in a Noisy World 90

The Hopeful Fate of the Christian Dead (1 Thess 4:13-18) 92

Fusing the Horizons: The New Covenant People of Hope 100

The Day of the Lord: Preparedness and Perseverance, Not Prediction (1 Thess 5:1-11) 102

Excursus: Whose Peace and Security? 105

Fusing the Horizons: War and Peace: The New Covenant Community in Action 108

Final Instruction (1 Thess 5:12-28) 111

Fusing the Horizons: The New Covenant Community, A People of Prayer 119

Thanksgiving and Hope (2 Thess 1:1-12) 120

Excursus: Eternal Destruction (2 Thess 1:9)? 126

Fusing the Horizons: Can Suffering for the Kingdom Be a Blessing? 128

Perseverance and Hope (2 Thess 2:1-17) 131

Fusing the Horizons: Living beyond Fear 144

Mission and Community (2 Thess 3:1-18) 145

Fusing the Horizons: Leadership and Work 153

Bibliography 155

Subject Index 163

Scripture Index 183

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