This first Pauline sample also shows us the tender Paul, who describes himself as both nursing mother and caring father to his Thessalonian
Why are the Thessalonians
afraid of death like the pagans, as Paul would have it, and how does he use the combination of sleep metaphors and death metaphors (or as Turner would have it, the two input spaces) to reduce their anxiety?
Imagine yourself a Thessalonian
Christian for a moment.
His talk at the afternoon service looked at the epistle of Paul to the Thessalonians
His six chapters describe (1) the formation of the Pauline corpus, (2) the pseudepigraphic letters (Colossians, Ephesians, 2 Thessalonians
, the Pastorals, and the non-canonical 3 Corinthians, Letters to Laodicea and Alexandria, and the correspondence between Paul and Seneca), (3) Paul's influence on the Epistolary tradition in early Christianity (Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1 Clement, Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp and Dionysius of Corinth), (4) The Narrative Tradition (Acts and different Acta Apostolorum, Apocalypses and the Pseudo-Clementines, (5) Representatives of Anti-Paulinism (Matthew, Hegesippus, etc.
Modern scholarship has placed the 13 NT letters attributed to Paul into two categories, six whose authorship by Paul is disputed (2 Thessalonians
, Colossians, Ephesians, Titus, 1 and 2 Timothy) and the remaining seven whose Pauline authorship or "authenticity" is generally not disputed.
Do not let the illustrations, or the plot hook take centre stage, because what we are commanded to do is to simply speak the Good News (1 Thessalonians
In the Ephesians through 2 Thessalonians
paraphrases, Erasmus stresses the image of the church as a body with Christ as head to which the members with their varied gifts are united, an image that proved central to his proclivity toward accommodation.
4:17,18 There's snow on the hills these days - but more: It's blowing a wintry chill in many a heart.
The argument that eschatology is essential to I Thessalonians
is eminently persuasive.
Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Thessalonians
3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36
18-25, which drew its theme, "Pray without ceasing," from Saint Paul's letter to the Thessalonians