Various Christian Duties and Closure

  1. Anthony C. Thiselton

Published Online: 24 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390124.ch8

1 & 2 Thessalonians: Through the Centuries

1 & 2 Thessalonians: Through the Centuries

How to Cite

Thiselton, A. C. (2010) Various Christian Duties and Closure, in 1 & 2 Thessalonians: Through the Centuries, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390124.ch8

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



  • Christian duties and closure;
  • closing passage, into three - respecting Christian leaders and various duties;
  • Ernest Best, translation of Greek word oligopsuchos - as worried, and F. F. Bruce's;
  • Patristic era - Clement of Rome, “Let us esteem those who have the rule over us,” while urging obedience to God;
  • Clement of Alexandria, quoting - from “Be at peace among yourselves”;
  • Cyril of Jerusalem, “Holding fast that which is good, abstaining from every form of evil”;
  • John Cassian (c. 360–after 430) - “pray without ceasing”;
  • Bede the Venerable (c. 673–735) - commenting from Augustine in 1 Thess. 5:14–15;
  • The Holy Spirit, illuminating our understanding - not seeking to “put out” his fire;
  • Matthew Poole (1624–79), attacking those - who “seek the honour and profit of the office and refuse the labour of it”


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction and Overview

  • The Patristic Era

  • The Medieval Era

  • The Reformation and Post-Reformation Eras

  • The Eighteenth Century

  • The Nineteenth Century