How the Readers Received the Gospel

  1. Anthony C. Thiselton

Published Online: 24 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390124.ch3

1 & 2 Thessalonians: Through the Centuries

1 & 2 Thessalonians: Through the Centuries

How to Cite

Thiselton, A. C. (2010) How the Readers Received the Gospel, in 1 & 2 Thessalonians: Through the Centuries, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390124.ch3

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



  • Readers and how they received the gospel;
  • feminine image of care of a nurse - masculine image of the caring father;
  • Paul's willingness, in manual labor - theories about nature of his work;
  • Lanfranc's positive attitude towards the Jews;
  • Paul, not engaging in a polemic against Jews - Thomas speaking explicitly of unbelieving Jews;
  • Ambrosiaster, that what Paul - recalls in v. 9, narrated in Acts of the Apostles;
  • Augustine, speaking of “a livelihood…by the labours of his own hands”;
  • Thomas Aquinas, stating that labor - “not merely for the sake of the body,” involves “genuine toil”;
  • Reformation and Post-Reformation eras - Martin Luther, writing to Christians, encouraging them as they suffer persecution;
  • W. Bornemann (d. 1858) - noting Paul's thanksgiving for the readers' suffering and joy


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