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    1 Thessalonians - World English Bible (WEB)

    This is an open source version of the bible based on the 1901 ASV (American Standard Version). This document may be freely distributed, there is no copyright on this translation.
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    Black, David Alan

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    The Weak in Thessalonica: A Study in Pauline Lexicography

    "Like other expressions important in the anthropological sphere, the concept of weakness is particularly at home in the religious terminology of the apostle Paul. Indeed, one may even speak of Paul as 'the apostle of weakness.' The title is justified inasmuch as the Pauline identification of weakness and apostleship is the foundation of the Christian concept of weakness. All the essential points of the NT doctrine of weakness are reproduced in the Pauline writings, though Paul takes us a stage further by his explicit identification of Christ and weakness, which gives to the primitive Christian idea a distinct Christological meaning."
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    Fee, Gordon D.

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    "Christology in the Thessalonian Correspondence", Chapter 2 of Pauline Christology: An Exegetical-Theological Study

    "The Christology that presents itself in these letters is especially noteworthy, first of all because there is not a self-consciously christological moment in either of them. That is, there is no passage where Paul is deliberately trying either to set forth Christ as divine (or human, for that matter) or to explain the nature of his divinity. His interest in Christ, as we come to expect in his later letters, is primarily soteriological."
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    Howard, Tracy L.

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    The Literary Unity of 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11

    "1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11 has been a fertile source of debate among both pre- and posttribulational advocates. Yet often wrong assumptions are made by the exegete when he/she approaches this important eschatological text of Paul. One of those assumptions is that 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 5:1-11 describe two entirely differ- ent eschatological events. Coupled with this is the assumption that Paul describes both events through a diachronic time scheme. How- ever, Paul in no way attempts to differentiate two events in this passage. Instead, Paul's eschatological presentation is very general or even 'aoristic' in focus. This conclusion is drawn in some measure from a clear literary unity that characterizes the passage."