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The First and Second Epistles to the Thessalonians (Black's New Testament Commentary) Hardcover – February, 1996


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." . . a great help to pastors and teachers . . ."" Journal of Biblical Literature"Biblical students have long needed a thorough modern commentary on these two letters to Thessalonica. Ernest Best . . . has responded with a volume that admirably fills this lacuna."" Anglican Theological Review

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Ernest Best, Professor Emeritus and Dean of Faculty, University of Glasgow, has published widely in the field of biblical studies, including Mark: The Gospel as Story, Second Corinthians (Interpretation series), and Paul and His Converts.

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Product Details

  • Series: Black's New Testament Commentary (Book 13)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Pub (February 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156563019X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565630192
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,600,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Marc Axelrod VINE VOICE on November 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This commentary was one of the most highly regarded expositions of 1 and 2 Thessalonians in the latter half of the 20th century. Ernest Best points out that the Thessalonians have experienced some rough times, and that Paul is praising them for holding on to their faith and sharing it with others. He stresses that they they should keep this up, because the Lord is coming soon.

Best believes that Paul was responsible for both 1 and 2 Thessalonians and that the end times positions of the two epistles are not as different as critical scholars have suggested.

The commentary itself has the footnotes buried within the text of the commentary, which makes for tougher and choppier reading. Moreover, not everyone will be convinced that Best's interpretations are always best. For example, some will disagree with interpreting skenos in 1 Thessalonians 4:3 as a reference to the believer's "wife" rather than to the believer's own body.

Moreover, some will feel Best is chastising Paul too hard for his statement about the reference to the Jews killing Jesus in 1 Thessalonians 2:14. Best sees it as an example of Paul spouting anti-semitic rhetoric. But since Paul is Jewish and he elsewhere expresses his great love for his people (Romans 9-11), it would be better to see this as a bitter disagreement among family members. Paul is upset that many of his Jewish brothers have not only rejected the idea of Jesus' messiahship, but try to hinder others from coming to Christ. He castigates his Jewish brothers for their role in the death of Christ, just as the prophets of the Old Testament often castigated their own people for their role in rejecting God's will (Isaiah 1:4, 5:24, Jeremiah 2:11.
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By Ronald Fincham on October 1, 2014
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very nice condition
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald J. Perry on November 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
He is very thoughtful. However in 2 Thess 2:4 I think the man if sin is a a figure for the nation, like the whore in Revelation. He gets close to that.

In 1 Thess 4:16 is good too. And yes I will brag and say I wrote a book on this too.
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