Paul's Autobiographical Reflections and Defense

  1. Anthony C. Thiselton

Published Online: 24 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390124.ch2

1 & 2 Thessalonians: Through the Centuries

1 & 2 Thessalonians: Through the Centuries

How to Cite

Thiselton, A. C. (2010) Paul's Autobiographical Reflections and Defense, in 1 & 2 Thessalonians: Through the Centuries, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390124.ch2

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:

  • Paul's autobiographical reflections and defense;
  • extended thanksgiving form - body of letter Paul formulated, general purpose and content;
  • relationship between Paul and Thessalonians - time of his founding visit;
  • pastor, concerned of community of converts - “orphaned,” wish to write an apologia;
  • “A primary aim of those who sought personal advancement - pursuit of esteem and praise”;
  • Clement of Alexandria - “This the blessed Paul, most clearly pointed out;
  • Bede the Venerable of Jarrow - citing Augustine's use of the “nurse” analogy;
  • Thomas Aquinas (1225–74), praising the Thessalonians - of not falling away, in persecution and suffering;
  • Aquinas, 1 Thess. 2:1–15 - “faith is through hearing,” as in Summa Theologiae 2.2, qu. 4, art. 8;
  • Martin Luther (1483–15), preaching in his treatise - “The Freedom of the Christian,” (1520), attempt at reconciliation with Rome

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction and Overview

  • The Patristic Era

  • The Medieval Period

  • The Reformation and Post-Reformation Eras

  • The Eighteenth Century

  • The Nineteenth Century