By Jacob W. Elias
Jacob W. Elias invitations us to hear in whereas Paul and his missionary partners inspire and warn believers in historic Thessalonica. Elias exhibits Paul dealing pastorally with daily matters of church existence whereas reminding his converts in regards to the huge photograph. What God has performed throughout the dying and resurrection of Jesus Christ will but be dropped at excellent finishing touch. The church has an energetic function to play in God's redemptive challenge on the planet. this day, apocalyptic biblical texts are frequently overlooked 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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Historical and Political Context, p. ] Page 21 Why Letters? Though the answer may seem self-evident, the question still deserves to be addressed. Why did Paul and his missionary companions write letters? Luke's sketch of the turbulent events in Thessalonica makes it clear that their opponents forced Paul and his party to leave town. Even though the letters to the Thessalonian church do not give details about the evacuation of the missionaries, there are hints. Paul and his colleagues even allude to that experience by suggesting that they felt orphaned when they were separated from the Thessalonians (1 Thess.
Might this be a fraudulent letter? Or is it perhaps an indication that some are interpreting 1 Thessalonians wrongly? Debate on these issues continues. My operating assumption is that Paul was responsible for both of these letters. A change in the circumstances in Thessalonica, or new information about the situation there, led to the need for a follow-up letter. It is also possible, though this cannot be documented, that one of the co-senders had a more active role in writing the second letter.
Chronology of Paul's Life, p. ] Why Were These Letters Written? Simply stated, the Thessalonian letters were written to continue the relationship between the missionary pastors and their people. Their letters also served as a vehicle for addressing several situations which emerged in the Thessalonian congregation following the initial preaching ministry by Paul and Silas in Thessalonica. What were these circumstances? We can discern several stages in the ongoing interaction between the missionary pastors and their people.