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 the reception of these two epistles through the centuries.
This unique commentary on Paul’s early letters by an outstanding New Testament specialist, provides a broad range of original perspectives of how people have interpreted, and been influenced by, Paul’s first two letters.
- Addresses questions concerning the content, setting, and authenticity of the two Thessalonian letters, drawing on responses from leading scholars, poets, hymn writers, preachers, theologians, and biblical scholars throughout the ages
- Offers new insights into issues they raise concerning feminist biblical interpretation.
- Provides a history of two-way influences, as exemplified by Ulrich Luz, Hans Robert Jauss, and Hans-Georg Gadamer
- Written by Anthony Thiselton, a leading commentator on the Greek New Testament
I can think of no person better qualified to write a reception-history commentary than Anthony Thiselton, because he knows what reception history means and how it plays out in interpretation. This commentary is a treasure trove of exegetical and theological insights gleaned from the vast and interesting array of those who not only have interpreted these important letters to the Thessalonians but have responded in prose and poetry to their major themes and ideas.
-Stanley E. Porter
President and Dean, and Professor of New Testament, McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
With an uncanny grasp of the "afterlife" of 1 and 2 Thessalonians, Anthony Thiselton demonstrates why it is crucial that we understand that we arent the first people to encounter these Pauline letters. Not surprisingly, with this foray into the emerging area of reception history, Anthony Thiselton has set a high bar for those who will follow.
-Joel B. Green,
Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Fuller Theological Seminary
It will be a key resource for all who would endeavour to understand how Paul has been read and should be read. Lucid in style, this volume is not only immensely scholarly it is also an accessible and extremely enjoyable read!
-Professor Alan J Torrance,
Chair of Systematic Theology, University of St Andrews
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