By Jacob W. Elias
Jacob W. Elias invitations us to hear in whereas Paul and his missionary partners motivate and warn believers in historical Thessalonica. Elias indicates Paul dealing pastorally with daily issues of church existence whereas reminding his converts concerning the substantial photograph. What God has performed in the course of the dying and resurrection of Jesus Christ will but be delivered to wonderful final touch. The church has an energetic position to play in God's redemptive venture on the planet. at the present time, apocalyptic biblical texts are frequently neglected or misused. yet Elias tells how the gospel proclaimed to the Thessalonians undergirds the nurture of church buildings marked through religion, love, and desire.
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Additional resources for 1 And 2 Thessalonians (Believers Church Bible Commentary)
Whether communicated orally or in written form, concerns and questions from the believers in Thessalonica are communicated back to Paul. The third stage in this ongoing relationship would then be Paul's writing of 1 Thessalonians. In the thanksgiving section (1:2-10), we learn that the missionaries are basically gratified at the dynamic faith, love, and hope of the Thessalonian believers. However, they are also concerned about several matters, some of which may already have been in evidence while the missionaries were still in that city.
Why? In some cases the answers need to be quite preliminary. The overall picture will become more clear as we deal with specific passages in the main body of the commentary. Page 25 Who Wrote These Letters? In both 1 and 2 Thessalonians, the opening salutation identifies three persons as the senders: Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy. Actually, all of the letters in the Pauline collection, except Romans and the Pastoral epistles (1 and 2 Timothy and Titus), name multiple senders. Yet 1 and 2 Thessalonians are unusual among Paul's letters in their dominant use of the first-person plural subject, we.
The word paper is derived from papyrus. Because of extremely dry conditions in desert areas of Egypt outside the delta, such papyri were preserved in the sand until discovered many centuries later, brittle with age. Papyri carrying personal and business letters from NT times have been analyzed carefully to gain insights into letter-writing conventions of that day (Stowers: 1986). Comparative studies of the papyri from the Greco-Roman era have yielded useful information, including some insights into the standard letter form: Letter opening (sender, addressee, greeting) Thanksgiving, or a wish for the recipient's health Letter body (formal opening, then discussion of business at hand) Letter closing (greetings, wishes expressed in behalf of other people, final greeting, wish or prayer) Paul follows this basic letter form of his day, but he adapts, modifies, and expands it in several ways.