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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 9781611646061
ISBN-13: 9781611646061

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I and II Thessalonians are letters written to new Christian communities in Thessalonica early in Paul's ministry. Paul wrote these letters after a brief stay in order to instruct them further as they anticipate Jesus' second coming. In this new volume in the acclaimed New Testament Library series, M. Eugene Boring offers a scholarly interpretation of I and II Thessalonians while examining their historical context. Boring helps the reader learn to read these letters in context, particularly in relation to Paul's life as well as to the new converts who lived in Thessalonica. He addresses aspects such as structure, tone, style, language, and--for II Thessalonians--questions of authorship, while offering insightful theological perspectives. Boring's critical interpretation is a welcome addition to the New Testament Library and provides a solid resource for both the academy and the church.

The New Testament Library offers authoritative commentary on every book and major aspect of the New Testament, providing fresh translations based on the best available ancient manuscripts, critical portrayals of the historical world in which the books were created, careful attention to their literary design, and a theologically perceptive exposition of the biblical text. The editorial board consists of C. Clifton Black, Princeton Theological Seminary; M. Eugene Boring, Brite Divinity School; and John T. Carroll, Union Presbyterian Seminary.

Author Bio

M. Eugene Boring is I. Wylie Briscoe Professor of New Testament Emeritus at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University. He is the author of numerous books on the New Testament, including An Introduction to the New Testament, Mark from the New Testament Library series, and Revelation from the best-selling Interpretation series, all published by Westminster John Knox Press.

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"M. Eugene Boring's treatment of 1 and 2 Thessalonians is thoroughly researched, exegetically perceptive, and theologically insightful. Boring helps the contemporary reader listen in on the conversations between Paul and the Thessalonians and between Paul's literary descendent and those same Christians with keen awareness of the political, social, and religious environments in which they lived. This is a master work by a wise and seasoned scholar."
—E. Elizabeth Johnson, J. Davison Philips Professor of New Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary


"M. Eugene Boring's treatment of 1 and 2 Thessalonians is thoroughly researched, exegetically perceptive, and theologically insightful. Boring helps the contemporary reader listen in on the conversations between Paul and the Thessalonians and between Paul's literary descendent and those same Christians with keen awareness of the political, social, and religious environments in which they lived. This is a master work by a wise and seasoned scholar."
—E. Elizabeth Johnson, J. Davison Philips Professor of New Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary

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    This review was written for I and II Thessalonians: A Commentary.
    M. Eugene Boring is I. Wylie Briscoe Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University. He is the author or editor of numerous books relating to New Testament Studies, including, An Introduction to the New Testament: History, Literature, Theology, as well as Mark: A Commentary from the acclaimed New Testament Library series, and Revelation: A commentary for Teaching and Preaching from the best-selling Interpretation Commentary series. Most recently, Boring has offered this present contribution, another advantageous volume added to the New Testament Library series: I & II Thessalonians: A Commentary.

    Boring is a well-respected scholar and this volume on I & II Thessalonians displays that very clearly. The commentary begins with a substantial bibliography of up-to-date commentaries, monographs, books, and essays related to I & II Thessalonians. At 22 pages, one could easily call it comprehensive and complete, but Boring himself points readers to An Annotated Bibliography of 1 and 2 Thessalonians (Brill, 1998) by Jeffery A. D. Weima and Stanley E. Porter for a more complete list up to 1998. Subsequently, Boring provides an engaging introduction, bring the reader into the word the Thessalonians. Boring describes in length the historical setting, such as the city, religious life in Thessalonica, Pauls ministry to the Thessalonians, and the conflicts, troubles, distresses, and persecutions.

    The commentary itself is wrought with exegetical and theological insight. Each section of text in the commentary is based on Borings original translation of the Greeka textual basis of which he describes thoroughly in the introduction. Moreover, the reader will be excited and surprised by the lengthy exegetical and explanatory footnotes that accompany Borings translation. Personally, I found Borings translation to be extremely helpful in light of the commentary that followed. The commentary itself is thoroughly researched and seasoned with Borings awareness of the cultural context of the Thessalonians and Pauls engagement therein.

    Borings commentary on II Thessalonians may come as a shock to some readers not familiar with the underlying discussions surrounding Pauline authorship. Boring writes under the conviction that Paul did not write II Thessalonians, and his introduction to II Thessalonians provides the reader with one of the most concise and comprehensive summaries from this position available. This presupposition is carried consistently throughout the commentary. Many will undoubtedly find Borings critical approach to the letter unsettling and lacking support, but this should not differ the reader from engagement. Rather the opposite. Boring presents some the most complete and up-to-date critical engagement with II Thessalonians, and because of this he rightly deserves a place on everyones shelf.

    I & II Thessalonians: A Commentary is an up-to-date examination of two very important Pauline epistles. M. Eugene Boring has provided a well-researched presentation of the current conversation among New Testament scholars. Borings translation and translation notes are indispensable and his bibliography is thorough. The introductory engagement is superb and the textual commentary is consistently strong throughout. If you are looking for a strong commentary on I & II Thessalonians from a critical perspective, then Boring has provided you with a commentary that cannot be overlooked.
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