By Jacob W. Elias

ISBN-10: 0585373213

ISBN-13: 9780585373218

ISBN-10: 0836136985

ISBN-13: 9780836136982

Jacob W. Elias invitations us to hear in whereas Paul and his missionary partners motivate and warn believers in historic Thessalonica. Elias exhibits Paul dealing pastorally with daily issues of church lifestyles whereas reminding his converts in regards to the gigantic photo. What God has performed in the course of the demise and resurrection of Jesus Christ will but be dropped at wonderful of entirety. The church has an energetic position to play in God's redemptive undertaking on this planet. at the present time, apocalyptic biblical texts are usually missed or misused. yet Elias tells how the gospel proclaimed to the Thessalonians undergirds the nurture of church buildings marked by means of religion, love, and desire.

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He posts bond for the evangelists (17:9) so they can leave the city (17:10). At first Jason and the congregation gathered in his home bear the brunt of the suspicion and antagonism provoked by the message which Paul has preached (17:6). Since Paul and Silas cannot be located, Jason and some other believers are brought before the city officials to hear the accusations. Page 20 These people who have been turning the world upside down have come here also, and Jason has entertained them as guests. They are all acting contrary to the decrees of the emperor, saying that there is another king named Jesus.

Like orators addressing their audiences, so ancient authors used a variety of rhetorical strategies to move their readers. Three species of rhetorical speech have been discerned in Greek rhetoric, each with different settings or occasions (Mack: 34): A judicial speech at a trial seeks to persuade a Page 24 judge and jury concerning the legality of an event in the past. A deliberative speech in a public debate tries to persuade the audience to take a particular course of action in the future. And an epideictic (ep-i-DIK-tik *: demonstrative) speech commemorates an event or memorializes a person; a memorial speech of this type often focuses on questions of honor or of grounds for praise or blame in the present.

Use of the present tense underscores the active character of prayerful thanksgiving, both ongoing, always, and all-encompassing, for all of you. Following their premature exit from Thessalonica, Paul and his companions find that these new believers are never far from their thoughts and their prayers. As the sentence diagram above illustrates, the leading verb we give thanks is modified by three participial phrases: mentioning, remembering, and knowing. Grammatically it is not clear whether the adverb constantly modifies mentioning (RSV) or remembering (NRSV).

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