Thanksgiving, Exhortation and Benediction

  1. Anthony C. Thiselton

Published Online: 24 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390124.ch12

1 & 2 Thessalonians: Through the Centuries

1 & 2 Thessalonians: Through the Centuries

How to Cite

Thiselton, A. C. (2010) Thanksgiving, Exhortation and Benediction, in 1 & 2 Thessalonians: Through the Centuries, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390124.ch12

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



  • thanksgiving, exhortation and benediction;
  • Paul, practical and pastorally - encouraging passage, for readers in danger of becoming despondent;
  • Paul, telling them - not be diffident about themselves, for they are “beloved by the Lord”;
  • subapostolic and Patristic eras - Clement of Rome, “How blessed are the gifts of God…righteousness…assurance and good works”;
  • Thomas Aquinas (1225–74) - “God is the cause of the goodness in all things…In his benevolence God intends to bestow good on one whom he loves”;
  • James Arminius, popularly thought - to have opposed Calvin's doctrine of election;
  • Matthew Poole, 1624–79, following Augustinian-Calvinist approach - Paul, speaking of his readers' election and preservation;
  • William Cowper (1731–1800) - not enjoying robust assurance of John Newton;
  • Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768–1834) - divine election in The Christian Faith (1821);
  • Paul, system of theology in miniature - “from eternal choice of God, obtaining glory of our Lord Jesus Christ in the world to come”


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction and Overview

  • The Subapostolic and Patristic Eras

  • The Medieval Era

  • The Reformation and Post-Reformation Eras

  • The Eighteenth Century

  • The Nineteenth Century