1 and 2 Thesssalonians A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary

ISBN-10: 0802828361

ISBN-13: 9780802828361

Edition: 2006

Authors: Ben Witherington

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1 & 2 Thessalonians stand as some of the very earliest Christian documents, and yet they appear quite late in Paul's missionary career, giving them a unique context well worth exploring. In this first full-scale socio-rhetorical commentary on 1 & 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. As with any socio-rhetorical commentary, the unique approach helps readers to unearth insights that would otherwise remain hidden using only form criticism, epistolary categories and traditional criticism. Witherington's work also features a new, clear translation of the Greek text and a thorough bibliography that pays special attention to socio-rhetorical concerns. Additionally, he details Thessalonica's place as the "Metropolis" of Macedonia, and carefully unpacks the social situation of Paul and his recipients. Scholars will cherish the careful analysis and rhetorical insights, while Witherington's clear prose and sensitivity to Paul's ideas makes "1 & 2 Thessalonians" ideal for all who desire a useful, readable commentary on this important early manuscript.
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List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Publication date: 11/2/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 318
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

The "Metropolis" of Macedonia and Its History
Authorship, Date, and Occasion of the Letters
The Epistolary and Rhetorical Situation of the Thessalonian Correspondence
The Social Situation of Paul and His Converts in Thessalonike
Commentary on 1 Thessalonians
Epistolary Prescript - 1.1
The Exordium - 1.2-3 - A Preview of Coming Attractions
The Narratio - The Story Thus Far - 1.4-3.10
A Closer Look: Election, Persecution, and Perseverance in 1 and 2 Thessalonians
A Closer Look: Was Paul Anti-Semitic?
Bridging the Horizons
Transitus - Closing Wish Prayer - 3.11-13
The Exhortatio - A Call to Holiness and Hope - 4.1-5.15
The Call to Holiness and Brotherly Love - 4.1-8, 9-12
A Closer Look: Holy Wedlock and Unholy Alliances
A Closer Look: A Christian Manual on Manual Labor?
The Call to Hope and Alertness: The Tale of Sleepers Dead and Living - 4.13-5.11
A Closer Look: The Fate of the Dead
A Closer Look: Parousia
Bridging the Horizons
Honor the Workers and the Work - 5.12-15
The Peroratio - Parting Shots - 5.16-22
The Invocation/Wish Prayer - The God of Peace Who Sanctifies - 5.23-24
Epistolary Closing - 5.25-28
Bridging the Horizons
Commentary on 2 Thessalonians
Epistolary Prescript - 1.1-2
The Exordium/Thanksgiving Prayer - 1.3-10 - The Destiny of the Sacred Sufferers and the Terrible Tormentors
Propositio - 1.11-12 - Persuasion by a Praying Proposition
Bridging the Horizons
Refutatio - 2.1-12 - Prelude to the Parousia
A Closer Look: Exercising Restraint: Apocalyptic Answers to Difficult Questions
Bridging the Horizons
Prayer Matters - 2.13-3.5
Thanksgiving/Firm Living - 2.13-15
A Closer Look: On Doing Theology in Ad Hoc Letters
Transitus: Another Wish Prayer - 2.16-17
Final Request - 3.1-5
Working Hypothesis - 3.6-12
Peroratio - 3.13-15 - On Shunning and Shaming without Excommunicating
Epistolary Closing - 3.16-18
A Closer Look: The Ancient Art and Labor of Letter Writing
Bridging the Horizons
Index of Authors
Index of References
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