1 and 2 Thessalonians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Nov 2, 2006 - Religion - 286 pages
Paul's two letters to the Thessalonians stand as some of the very earliest Christian documents, yet they appear well into Paul's missionary career, giving them a unique context well worth exploring. In this first full-scale socio-rhetorical commentary on 1 and 2 Thessalonians, Ben Witherington gleans fresh insight from reading Paul's text in the light of rhetorical concerns and patterns, early Jewish theology, and the first-century historical situation in Macedonia.

Witherington's distinctive socio-rhetorical approach helps unearth insights that would otherwise remain hidden using only form criticism, epistolary categories, and traditional criticism. Witherington details Thessalonica's place as the "metropolis" of Macedonia, and he carefully unpacks the social situation of Paul and his recipients. Scholars will appreciate the careful analysis and rhetorical insights contained here, while Witherington's clear prose and sensitivity to Paul's ideas make this work ideal for all who desire a useful, readable commentary on 1 and 2 Thessalonians.
 

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Contents

Epistolary Prescript 11
47
A Preview of Coming Attractions
52
The Narratio The Story Thus Far 14310
60
Election Persecution and Perseverance in 1 and 2 Thessalonians
65
Was Paul AntiSemitic?
84
Bridging the Horizons
97
Transitus Closing Wish Prayer 31113
101
The Exhortatio A Call to Holiness and Hope 41515
106
Epistolary Prescript 112
183
The ExordiumThanksgiving Prayer 1310 The Destiny of the Sacred Sufferers and the Terrible Tormentors
186
Persuasion by a Praying Proposition
199
Bridging the Horizons
201
Refutatio 2112 Prelude to the Parousia
205
Exercising Restraint Apocalyptic Answers to Difficult Questions
208
Bridging the Horizons
226
Prayer Matters 21335
230

The Call to Holiness and Brotherly Love 418 912
109
Holy Wedlock and Unholy Alliances
114
A Christian Manual on Manual Labor?
122
The Call to Hope and Alertness The Tale of Sleepers Dead and Living 413511
125
The Fate of the Dead
126
Parousia
142
Bridging the Horizons
154
Honor the Workers and the Work 51215
159
The Peroratio Parting Shots 51622
164
The God of Peace Who Sanctifies 52324
171
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175
Bridging the Horizons
177
ThanksgivingFirm Living 21315
231
On Doing Theology in Ad Hoc Letters
235
Another Wish Prayer 21617
238
Final Request 315
240
Working Hypothesis 3612
245
Peroratio 31315 On Shunning and Shaming without Excommunicating
254
Epistolary Closing 31618
258
Bridging the Horizons
263
Index of Authors
266
Index of References
271
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About the author (2006)

Ben Witherington III is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky, and is on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University, Scotland. Witherington has twice won the Christianity Today best Biblical Studies book-of-the-year award, and his many books include We Have Seen His Glory: A Vision of Kingdom Worship and socio-rhetorical commentaries on Mark, Acts, Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philemon, Colossians, Ephesians, and 1 and 2 Thessalonians. He writes a blog at patheos.com and can also be found on the web at benwitherington.com.

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