Formerly part of the New International Commentary on the New Testament, this volume The First and Second Epistles to the Thessalonians, by Leon Morris has been re-issued as an independent commentary. Morris argues that these letters--like no other Pauline writings-- reveal Paul's missionary fervor and methods more clearly than the Thessalonian Epistles. As such, Morris provides a detailed historical and exegetical analysis of the text while also illuminating the hope and exhortative tone pervading these letters of Paul. But Morris goes further, and brings the text into our everyday realm with precision and a lucid -easy-to-read -writing style that communicates complexity with simplicity. This commentary is a classic and will serve readers of all stripes, from the scholar, to the laity.
The two letters to the Thessalonians dwell richly on the Christian hope and emphasize the significance of the Christian calling in the here and now. In this commentary Leon Morris offers a solid exegetical discussion of specific problems relating to the composition of the letters themselves, yet his exposition is also pervaded by an acute awareness of the relevance of Paul's message to the practical problems encountered in living the Christian life. Long published as part of the New International Commentary on the New Testament series and here reprinted in paperback, this classic work on 1 and 2 Thessalonians has proved and will continue to prove useful to a wide range of readers, including scholars, pastors, Bible students, and educated Christians.
Leon Morris (19142006) retired as Principal ofRidley College in Melbourne, Australia, in 1979. He is theauthor of more than forty books, including The ApostolicPreaching of the Cross, the volumes on Matthew andRomans in The Pillar New Testament Commentary, and thevolumes on John and the Thessalonian epistles in the NewInternational Commentary on the New Testament.
"Thorough and readable. Leon Morris deals minutely with the grammatical meaning of the Greek text without being obscure or pedantic. . . The main exposition of the commentary is comprehensible by any intelligent Bible student and provides ready reference for the casual reader."
"Morris is an able exegete with a mind of his own and a stylistic facility that makes his commentary as readable as it is instructive."
"This commentary is worthy of a place on the shelves of every student of the New Testament."