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Learning with the Thessalonians

Jerome Murphy-oʼconnor

in Paul: A Critical Life

Published in print May 1998 | ISBN: 9780192853424
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670589 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192853424.003.0005
Learning with the Thessalonians

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This chapter argues that Philippi and Thessalonica were probably the two communities in Macedonia (a Roman province) that gave Paul the greatest happiness. However, the chapter examines why Paul would have left Thessalonica other than for the reason given by Luke. The chapter also suggests Paul's teaching on the escathon, and the misinterpretation by the Thessalonians of his teachings, may have been the reason why he was attacked in Thessalonica. It is believed that Paul's teaching of Jesus filled a spiritual vacuum for the proletariats of Thessalonica. The characteristic features of all Pauline letters are cited in this section. It is also revealed that Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians is actually a compilation of two letters.

Keywords: Philippi; Thessalonica; escathon; Jesus; Thessalonica; Pauline letters

Chapter.  13554 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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