By Jacob W. Elias
Jacob W. Elias invitations us to pay attention in whereas Paul and his missionary partners motivate and warn believers in old Thessalonica. Elias exhibits Paul dealing pastorally with daily issues of church existence whereas reminding his converts in regards to the enormous photo. What God has performed during the dying and resurrection of Jesus Christ will but be delivered to excellent of completion. The church has an lively function to play in God's redemptive challenge on the planet. at the present time, apocalyptic biblical texts are usually neglected or misused. yet Elias tells how the gospel proclaimed to the Thessalonians undergirds the nurture of church buildings marked by means of religion, love, and wish.
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2 Thess. 1:5) would sound subversive, especially if it came from an otherwise restless working class. Ethnically, the population of Thessalonica was largely of Greek descent. , some Italians soon made themselves at home here as well. As already noted, Acts 17 informs us about the existence of a Jewish community there. , but it is known that by this time Jews had settled into many of the major cities of Asia Minor and the whole Mediterranean region. According to Bruce, a militant messianism was spreading among Jewish communities throughout the Roman empire (Bruce, 1977:224-227).
1:3-7; Phil. 1:3-11; Rom. 1:8-17). In this too, Paul follows the customary epistolary form of his time. One exception is Galatians, where Paul appears to have been too upset to express gratitude. In 1 Thessalonians the theme of thanksgiving begins with 1:2-10 but then resumes in 2:13 and again in 3:9. The leading assertion, We give thanks, sets the tone and establishes the direction for this entire paragraph. Grammatically 1:2-10 can be considered as one rather unwieldy sentence which first states the reasons for thanksgiving (1:2-4) and then narrates the underlying Page 40 story of the emergence of the Christian community in Thessalonica (1:5-10).
Two participles further portray this vigorous evangelistic activity in the local synagogue in Thessalonica: "explaining and proving" (Acts 17:3). Luke thus underscores the strength of Paul's efforts to Page 19 win the Jews and God-fearers. The substance of Paul's message is summarized in a fashion reminiscent of the way in which Luke elsewhere (for example in Luke 24:26) conveys the divine necessity "for the Messiah to suffer and to rise from the dead" (Acts 17:3). Paul emphatically highlights his claim that Jesus is the Messiah who fulfills Scripture by suffering and rising from the dead: "This is the Messiah, Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you" (17:3).
1 And 2 Thessalonians (Believers Church Bible Commentary) by Jacob W. Elias