Introduction

  1. Anthony C. Thiselton

Published Online: 24 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390124.ch

1 & 2 Thessalonians: Through the Centuries

1 & 2 Thessalonians: Through the Centuries

How to Cite

Thiselton, A. C. (2010) Introduction, in 1 & 2 Thessalonians: Through the Centuries, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390124.ch

Author Information

  1. University of Nottingham, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 13 DEC 2010

Book Series:

  1. Blackwell Bible Commentaries

Book Series Editors:

  1. John Sawyer,
  2. Christopher Rowland,
  3. Judith Kovacs and
  4. David M. Gunn

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405196826

Online ISBN: 9781444390124

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Keywords:

  • reception history, how people interpreted a text (1 and 2 Thessalonians) - and how the text influenced readers;
  • history of reception, examining interpretation of two epistles - periods or “through the centuries”;
  • multiple perspectives on text, stereoscopic vision - Mikhail Bakhtin's “polyphonic” vision of text;
  • main founder of reception history - being Hans Robert Jauss;
  • heart of Jauss's essay - concept of “horizon of expectation”;
  • 1 and 2 Thessalonians, differences of horizon, situation, and perspective - new perspectives on text;
  • notion of “prophecy,” of readers (1 Thess. 5:19) – not in accord with a popular view today;
  • Luz, and historical-critical study - good means for distancing the interpreter from the text;
  • situation and substance of 1 Thessalonians - earliest and oldest Christian writings;
  • 1 Thessalonians, reflecting situation of a pastor - forced to be absent from his converts, expected to write

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Aims of Reception History

  • The Situation and Substance of 1 Thessalonians

  • The City of Thessalonica

  • Traditional and Nineteenth-Century Arguments about the

  • Authenticity of 2 Thessalonians and Their Criticism

  • The Situation and Substance of 2 Thessalonians

  • Some Key Interpreters in the Reception History of 1 and 2 Thessalonians