By Jacob W. Elias
Jacob W. Elias invitations us to hear in whereas Paul and his missionary partners inspire and warn believers in old Thessalonica. Elias indicates Paul dealing pastorally with daily issues of church lifestyles whereas reminding his converts concerning the large photo. What God has performed in the course of the demise and resurrection of Jesus Christ will but be delivered to excellent finishing touch. The church has an lively function to play in God's redemptive challenge on the earth. this present day, apocalyptic biblical texts are frequently missed or misused. yet Elias tells how the gospel proclaimed to the Thessalonians undergirds the nurture of church buildings marked by way of religion, love, and wish.
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Chronology of Paul's Life, p. ] It would appear therefore that the question about authorship has a straightforward answer. Silas and Timothy both worked with Paul in the evangelistic outreach to the cities of Macedonia, including Thessalonica. A letter written by Paul in behalf of himself and his missionary colleagues seems like a natural next step. Numerous NT scholars have raised doubts, however. Even though 1 Thessalonians is almost universally acknowledged as a genuine Pauline letter, serious ques- Page 26 tions have surfaced about the authorship of 2 Thessalonians.
I mention two formative beginnings and two institutional settings. My first Bible teacher was my father, John Elias, who obtained permission to begin the first Sunday school class in the Bergthaler Mennonite Church near Rosthern. A few years later, when I was enrolled as a student at the University of Saskatchewan, my roommates invited me to join a Bible study group. As a student at Mennonite Biblical Seminary during the 1960s, I became increasingly interested in biblical studies under the dedicated tutelage of Howard H.
To whom? When? 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.
1 And 2 Thessalonians (Believers Church Bible Commentary) by Jacob W. Elias