1&2 Thessalonians: Through the Centuries documents the reception-history on two of Paul's earliest epistles. As a reception-history, this commentary investigates the changing religious beliefs and practices that have resulted from these two epistles, as well as their impact on social and political developments across the centuries. It also demonstrates how these events and changing customs in turn influenced the interpretation of the letters. The analysis of Anthony Thiselton, one of today's leading hermeneuticians and Pauline scholars, provides a broad range of original perspectives, offering the reader a depth and appreciation of these two important letters, how they have been understood, and how they have been applied, through the centuries.
In discussing these matters, Thiselton also examines the responses from leading scholars, poets, hymn writers, preachers, theologians, and biblical specialists throughout the ages. He also investigates the issues raised by feminist scholars including Paul's allegedly manipulative strategy in laying claim to authoritative fatherhood. With the inclusion of a history of two-way influences, as exemplified by Ulrich Luz, Hans Robert Jauss, Hans-Georg Gadamer, 1&2 Thessalonians is a unique resource whose treatment of these letters offers genuinely new and illuminating insights into the reception of these two epistles through the centuries.
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