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Contents Foreword Preface List of Abbreviations Introduction: 1 Thessalonians Epistolary Character and Aims Historical Occasion and Context Theological and Ethical Orientation Commentary: 1 Thessalonians Prescript (1:1) Thanksgivings, Reminders, and Assurances (1:2¿3:13) First Thanksgiving (1:2-10) Thanksgiving Proper (1:2-5) The Thessalonians' Faith (1:6-10) Reminders and Assurances (2:1-12) The Divine Origin of Paul's Mission (2:1-4) The Apostle's Upright Conduct (2:5-12) Second Thanksgiving (2:13-16) Thanksgiving Proper (2:13-14) Jewish Opposition (2:15-16) Further Assurances (2:17¿3:10) Paul's Longing for the Thessalonians (2:17-20) Timothy's Mission (3:1-10) Benedictory Prayer (3:11-13) Pastoral Instruction and Encouragement (4:1¿5:24) Matters of Special Concern (4:1¿5:11) Sanctification (4:1-8) Love (4:9-12) Those Who Have Fallen Asleep (4:13-18) The Times and the Seasons (5:1-11) Counsels about the Congregation's Life (5:12-22) Respect Those Who Provide Leadership (5:12-13) Contribute to the Well-Being of Others (5:14) Strive Mightily to Do Good (5:15) Rejoice, Pray, Give Thanks (5:16-18) Be Attentive to the Spirit (5:19-22) Benedictory Prayer (5:23-24) Letter-Closing (5:25-28) Introduction: 2 Thessalonians Epistolary Character and Aims Historical Occasion and Context Theological and Ethical Orientation Commentary: 2 Thessalonians Prescript (1:1-2) Thanksgivings, Warning, and Instruction (1:3¿2:14) First Thanksgiving (1:3-12) Thanksgiving Proper (1:3-4) Instruction: God's Righteous Judgment (1:5-10) Prayer-Pledge (1:11-12) Warning and Instruction (2:1-12) Warning (2:1-3a) The Mystery of Lawlessness (2:3b-7) The Revealing of the Lawless One (2:8-12) Second Thanksgiving (2:13-14) Appeals, Commands, and Prayers (2:15¿3:16) Appeal to Adhere to the Traditions (2:15-17) Request for Prayer (3:1-5) Commands Regarding the Disorderly (3:6-12) Initial Command (3:6) Mandate to Follow Paul's Example (3:7-9) Second Command (3:10) Third Command (3:11-12) Final Advisories (3:13-16) Letter-Closing (3:17-18) Select Bibliography Index
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Bible. N.T. Thessalonians -- Commentaries.