1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians /
Victor Paul Furnish.
Nashville, TN : Abingdon Press, c2007.
204 p. ; 23 cm.
9780687057436 (binding: pbk., : alk. paper)
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Nashville, TN : Abingdon Press, c2007.
9780687057436 (binding: pbk., : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 185-198) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Victor Paul Furnish is University Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University
Bowker Data Service Summary
Victor Paul Furnish explores the historical and theological value of the letters to the Thessalonians.
Long Description
Accepting the widespread view that 1 Thessalonians is the earliest surviving Pauline letter, Furnish commends reading it as fully as possible on its own terms, without presupposing or imposing themes or positions that are explicit only in letters of a later date. While he agrees with commentators who note this letter's pastoral aims and character, he is more convinced than some that it also exhibits a rich and coherent theological point of view. Furnish interprets 2 Thessalonians as the work of an anonymous Paulinist writing several decades after the apostle's death. He regards this letter, too, as historically and theologically valuable, although less for what it discloses about Paul's ministry and thought than for what it shows about the reception and interpretation of Paul in the late first-century church.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. 11
Prefacep. 13
List of Abbreviationsp. 15
Introduction: 1 Thessaloniansp. 21
Epistolary Character and Aimsp. 21
Historical Occasion and Contextp. 25
Theological and Ethical Orientationp. 32
Commentary: 1 Thessaloniansp. 37
Prescript (1:1)p. 37
Thanksgivings, Reminders, and Assurances (1:2-3:13)p. 39
First Thanksgiving (1:2-10)p. 39
Thanksgiving Proper (1:2-5)p. 40
The Thessalonians' Faith (1:6-10)p. 45
Reminders and Assurances (2:1-12)p. 51
The Divine Origin of Paul's Mission (2:1-4)p. 52
The Apostle's Upright Conduct (2:5-12)p. 54
Second Thanksgiving (2:13-16)p. 64
Thanksgiving Proper (2:13-14)p. 67
Jewish Opposition (2:15-16)p. 69
Further Assurances (2:17-3:10)p. 74
Paul's Longing for the Thessalonians (2:17-20)p. 75
Timothy's Mission (3:1-10)p. 77
Benedictory Prayer (3:11-13)p. 82
Pastoral Instruction and Encouragement (4:1-5:24)p. 87
Matters of Special Concern (4:1-5:11)p. 87
Sanctification (4:1-8)p. 88
Love (4:9-12)p. 95
Those Who Have Fallen Asleep (4:13-18)p. 100
The Times and the Seasons (5:1-11)p. 106
Counsels about the Congregation's Life (5:12-22)p. 114
Respect Those Who Provide Leadership (5:12-13)p. 114
Contribute to the Well-Being of Others (5:14)p. 115
Strive Mightily to Do Good (5:15)p. 117
Rejoice, Pray, Give Thanks (5:16-18)p. 118
Be Attentive to the Spirit (5:19-22)p. 120
Benedictory Prayer (5:23-24)p. 122
Letter-Closing (5:25-28)p. 124
Introduction: 2 Thessaloniansp. 127
Epistolary Character and Aimsp. 127
Historical Occasion and Contextp. 129
Theological and Ethical Orientationp. 140
Commentary: 2 Thessaloniansp. 143
Prescript (1:1-2)p. 143
Thanksgivings, Warning, and Instruction (1:3-2:14)p. 144
First Thanksgiving (1:3-12)p. 144
Thanksgiving Proper (1:3-4)p. 145
Instruction: God's Righteous Judgment (1:5-10)p. 146
Prayer-Pledge (1:11-12)p. 150
Warning and Instruction (2:1-12)p. 153
Warning (2:1-3a)p. 153
The Mystery of Lawlessness (2:3b-7)p. 154
The Revealing of the Lawless One (2:8-12)p. 157
Second Thanksgiving (2:13-14)p. 162
Appeals, Commands, and Prayers (2:15-3:16)p. 166
Appeal to Adhere to the Traditions (2:15-17)p. 168
Request for Prayer (3:1-5)p. 170
Commands Regarding the Disorderly (3:6-12)p. 173
Initial Command (3:6)p. 174
Mandate to Follow Paul's Example (3:7-9)p. 175
Second Command (3:10)p. 176
Third Command (3:11-12)p. 178
Final Advisories (3:13-16)p. 179
Letter-Closing (3:17-18)p. 182
Select Bibliographyp. 185
Indexp. 199
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