By Jacob W. Elias
Jacob W. Elias invitations us to hear in whereas Paul and his missionary partners motivate and warn believers in historic Thessalonica. Elias indicates Paul dealing pastorally with daily matters of church existence whereas reminding his converts concerning the mammoth photograph. What God has performed in the course of the loss of life and resurrection of Jesus Christ will but be delivered to excellent of entirety. The church has an energetic function to play in God's redemptive project on this 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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28 Why Were These Letters Written? 28 Why Listen In? 30 1 Thessalonians The Salutation, 1:1 35 Work of Faith: You Turned Toward God, 1:2-10 38 *Faith, Love, and Hope 50 *Election 52 *Jesus Delivers 53 +How Christian Communities Emerge 54 *The Text in Biblical Context +The Text in the Life of the Church Page 8 Labor of Love: The Story of Pastors and People, 2:13:13 57 Gentle Nurse and Encouraging Father, 2:1-12 59 *God Is Witness 72 *Brothers and Sisters, Child, Mother, and Father 73 *Kingdom of God 75 +Christian Character and Witness 77 Imitators in Suffering, 2:13-16 80 *God's Word Heard and Working 92 * Wrath 93 +Christians and Jews 98 Orphaned Yet Reassured, 2:173:10 102 *Satan, the Tempter 117 * Faith 120 +The Faithfulness of the Martyrs 123 Pastoral Prayer, 3:11-13 125 *The Parousia 128 +The Pastoral Prayer and Worship 129 Steadfastness of Hope: Pastoral Exhortation and Encouragement, 4:15:22 131 Holiness in Relationships, 4:1-8 133 *Sanctification and Holiness 144 *Sexuality 147 *Wife or Body?
Judaism in the Diaspora, p. ] Religious life expressed itself largely in customary Greek forms, Page 28 although the traditional religions had lost their vitality. Several mystery religions had made significant inroads into the community. For example, some of the Thessalonian converts might have been previously involved in the cult of Dionysus with its sensual orgies (cf. 1 Thess. 4:3-8). Other converts probably had a previous history in a cult of the Cabiri, which identified with the working class but had increasingly been drawn into the civic cult of the Roman establishment.
I am grateful for the support, encouragement, and counsel which I have received during the writing of this commentary. For the academic year 1992-93, AMBS gave me a welcome sabbatical, during which I completed the initial draft. The Believers Church Bible Commentary Editorial Council gave constructive feedback and enthusiastic support. The New Testament editor, my colleague Willard M. Swartley, read the manuscript in several stages and gave me invaluable advice throughout the project. S. David Garber, Book Editor at Herald Press, attended diligently to the detailed editing of this manuscript, often suggesting areas of improvement.