1 Thessalonians 4-5

Paul had been with the Thessalonians for only a brief time—less than one month—before he was forced to leave the city because of an intense persecution that had arisen from among the Jews (2.13-17; cf. Acts 17.1-9).  Once Paul finally learned that the Thessalonians themselves had endured these trials, he … Continue reading

1 Thessalonians 1-3

Like Galatians, 1 Thessalonians bears the marks of a thoughtfully arranged persuasive discourse, even resembling the layout proposed by ancient rhetoricians like Aristotle and Cicero.  The first three chapters of 1 Thessalonians might be called ‘the preliminaries.’  Paul greeted and commended the church for their steadfastness in the gospel, then … Continue reading