By Jacob W. Elias
Jacob W. Elias invitations us to pay attention in whereas Paul and his missionary partners inspire and warn believers in historical Thessalonica. Elias indicates Paul dealing pastorally with daily issues of church existence whereas reminding his converts in regards to the mammoth photograph. What God has performed in the course of the demise and resurrection of Jesus Christ will but be delivered to excellent of completion. The church has an lively function to play in God's redemptive venture on the planet. this day, apocalyptic biblical texts are frequently neglected or misused. yet Elias tells how the gospel proclaimed to the Thessalonians undergirds the nurture of church buildings marked by means of religion, love, and wish.
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On a flat surface, a layer of strips with fibers running parallel was covered by another layer with fibers at right angles to the first. The layers were pressed into one fabric and dried to become writing Page 22 material almost as strong as modern paper (Metzger, 1992:3-4). The word paper is derived from papyrus. Because of extremely dry conditions in desert areas of Egypt outside the delta, such papyri were preserved in the sand until discovered many centuries later, brittle with age. Papyri carrying personal and business letters from NT times have been analyzed carefully to gain insights into letter-writing conventions of that day (Stowers: 1986).
At Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS), I developed a course entitled "The Early Paul," focusing on Galatians as well as 1 and 2 Thessalonians. By the time I began writing this commentary, I had profited from the cumulative experience of prayerful engagement around these biblical texts along with Christian brothers and sisters from many congregations and in several seminary classes. I gratefully acknowledge the gifts of inspiration and insight which I gained in their company. Page 14 In pursuing my calling as a preacher and teacher of the Word, I have been shaped by many pastors, teachers, and colleagues.
Jewish expectations of the coming of a messianic deliverer had in recent history created an upheaval elsewhere in the Roman empire. An announcement of a rival Caesar would assuredly provoke Roman officials in Thessalonica to take strong measures to quell any politically embarrassing uprisings in their region. [Judaism in the Diaspora, p. ] Religious life expressed itself largely in customary Greek forms, Page 28 although the traditional religions had lost their vitality. Several mystery religions had made significant inroads into the community.
1 And 2 Thessalonians (Believers Church Bible Commentary) by Jacob W. Elias