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NIV Application Commentary 1 & 2 Thessalonians Hardcover – August 10, 1998

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The NIV Application Commentary series is unique. Most commentaries focus on the original meaning of the Bible but don't discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable?but the job is only half done! The NIV Application Commentary series helps with both halves of Bible study. It builds a bridge from the past to the world we live in?explaining not only what the Bible meant, but also how it can speak powerfully today.

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Michael W. Holmes is professor of biblical studies and early Christianity at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is co-editor with Bart D. Ehrman of The Text of the New Testament in Contemporary Research
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  • Series: The NIV Application Commentary
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310493803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310493808
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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For a solid, orthodox commentary on 1 and 2 Thessalonians, this is a good choice. Michael W. Holmes wrote just before Y2K (1998) so eschatology was a hot topic then and is, I believe, a major challenge for the church today. I read this commentary almost non-stop cover to cover.

Eschatology plays a big role in Christian theology because knowing the end of the story--Christ wins out over Satan--provides hope and purpose for the church. Neglecting eschatology--as we seem to be doing--destroys hope and leads the church to flounder. Happily, Holmes remains true to the faith and hope that we have in Christ.

Holmes analyses these letters in the context of scripture, especially Paul's other letters, both NT and OT. He is sensitive to Paul's word choices in the Greek and basic literary genre. He draws out the major themes in Paul's writing well and is extremely well read.

I found at least two points of special interest in reading this commentary.

The first point of interest is theological. Holmes interprets Paul's eschatology in view of his larger purpose, to encourage the church at Thessalonica, and in view of the wider experience of the NT. In the NT, we are generally taught that life will include trials and tribulations. For Holmes, the end times are no different. Quoting Hebrews 11, Holmes notes that the great saints of the Bible frequently did not experience the hope that guided their faith during their own lifetimes (p. 250). The order of events in the Day of the Lord is rebellion, appearance of the man of lawlessness, and the parousia (p. 238). In other words, we will not be raptured out of tribulations. Christian discipleship takes time and it includes trials.

The second point is expository.
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One of the most enjoyable and complete commentaries I have read. I would recommend this series to any serious Bible student who is interested in "digging deeper" into the scriptures.
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very simple layed out the text, original meaning context and todays meaning you can use in daily life recommend anybody that love Paul's writings
to buy can't go wrong.
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I really like this series of commentaries.
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