Exposition of 1st and 2nd Thessalonians

Associates of Biblical Studies

  • Started Sep 14
  • 150 US dollars
  • Online

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1 and 2 Thessalonians are among the earliest writings of the New Testament. As such, these two letters, written by the Apostle Paul shortly after his abrupt departure from the fledgling Thessalonian church, give us unique insight into the life and beliefs of the early church. At the heart of Paul’s profoundly pastoral correspondence with the Thessalonian church are the challenges and fears faced by the Thessalonian community—many of which still confront us today—including living out the Christian faith in public, understanding the timing, nature, and hope of the return of Jesus Christ, and the importance of holiness within the Christian community. Through historical and literary study, this course will explore the content and themes of 1 and 2 Thessalonians in order to help us grow in our “work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (1:3). Course Goals: -Understand the historical background to Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians. -Identify the literary structure and theological content of 1–2 Thessalonians. -Apply the content of the two letters letter in your own life and to be able to discuss the letters’ key theological issues with others in an intelligent and reflective manner. -Discern how the concerns of Paul expressed in these letters fit into wider biblical theology. -Be equipped to approach biblical texts with a wide range of interpretive tools.

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