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The First and Second Epistles to the Thessalonians (New International Commentary on the New Testament) Hardcover – June 18, 1991
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The author also addresses eschatology from a reformed perspective. God calls the Thessalonians into the kingdom and into glory. This call is effectual, meaning it cannot be resisted. Interestingly, Paul does not often preach about the kingdom, but he does to the Thessalonians. God’s rule is operative in believers both in the present and in the glorious future. Despite a lot of attention being devoted to the second coming in these letters, Paul still makes realized eschatology part of his teaching.
I enjoyed the book because it covers the basics but also employs a perspective I have not previously seen applied to the Thessalonian epistles.
Primarily this author strikes me as one who has a seasoned grasp of the original Greek text, and yet also brings relevant import into the critical applications as they relate to the text. It is not what I would call a highly technical commentary. It does not deal with the views of Socio-Rhetoric, or spend a lot of time on theories that don't bear spiritual fruit for the reader. Instead this commentary tends to focus on application from other scriptures to the discussion of the text.
Let me give you an example so you know what I mean.
Let's take 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, a paragraph that focuses on the Coming of the Lord. For these six verses he gives us 13 pages of material. It is laid out well, with a verse marker for comments under each verse. He gives the text first, and then comments on each verse. He deals with Greek words if there is anything special about them. He gives the Greek fonts, and then discusses the relevant grammatical features and discusses the implications of those features. Instead of interlacing his comments with quotes from other commentators and interactions with their views, he footnotes all of those. I like this because I like to read an authors thoughts without all the back and forth interruptions those other citations can sometimes spawn.
He typically cites just a handful of cross references to other passages and then discusses them more than other commentators. He likes to draw out the implications a bit more than most commentators. This really helps a pastor or bible teacher grasp his ideas for application more than most commentators.Read more ›
He writes in the Introduction to this 1959 book about the authenticity of I Thessalonians, “This letter claims to be from Paul (1:1, 2:18), and it is Pauline both in language and in ideas… The letter must be early for various reasons… It is difficult to think of anyone writing after Paul’s death putting forth in Paul’s name a statement that might be understood as meaning that the Parousia would take place during the Apostle’s lifetime (I Thess 4:15)… it is impossible to think of anyone but Paul putting it out in early times. How could it possibly gain a circulation while the Apostle was still engaged in vigorous work, travelling among the churches and well able to denounce it? (Yet we must bear in mind that the possibility of forgery seems to be implied by II Thess 2:2, and the explanation of the autograph in II Thess 3:17. Moreover, the letter is as well attested as we could reasonably ask. It is not the kind of letter which would be quoted often. This explains its absence from the few sub-apostolic writings that have come down to us.” (Pg.Read more ›
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"The First and Second Epistles to the Thessalonians," by the late Australian New Testament scholar Leon Morris, is an excellent introduction to these two early and brief... Read morePublished on November 19, 2013 by Doug Erlandson
Thankfully Eerdman's (the publisher) decided to keep this commentary on the market. It is worth the money, especially now that it is in paperback form! Read morePublished on January 14, 2011 by S. Taylor
If you are a serious Bible student wanting a detailed scholar's commentary on the Thessalonians this is the book. Read morePublished on March 27, 2010 by RT Alice