Rather than trying to say everything there is to say about the two New Testament epistles 1 & 2 Thessalonians
, Ascough narrates the founding of the Christ group in the ancient city of Thessalonike and examines how the two letters reflect the continuation of the relationship between that group and what he calls the "Paul party." He grounds his narrative in the recent scholarly work on critical matters of interpretation, but also presents a reading construction that reflects his own best estimates of the situation.
Written by Ben Witherington III (Professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary), 1 and 2 Thessalonians
: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary is a full-scale discussion of Paul's two letters to the Thessalonians, applying a socio-rhetorical approach specifically to examine aspects that might remain hidden using only form criticism, epistolary categories, or traditional criticism.
Tracing patristic and early medieval exegesis of Paul's Second Epistle to the Thessalonians, he demonstrates that the Fathers offered two modes of interpreting the Apostle's warnings about "the Son of Perdition." An earlier cluster of exegetes consisting of Ambrosiaster, Theodore of Mopsuestia, Pelagius, and Jerome took the literal, "imminent" tack: they understood 2 Thessalonians
to be warning of Antichrist's advent in the near, albeit not precisely determinable, future.
Paul tells in 2 Thessalonians
, "unless the apostasy comes first (2:3) and in Romans that "a hardening has come upon part of Israel, until the full number of the gentiles come in, and so all Israel will be saved" (11:25-26).
3:11 (Revised Standard Version) MANY people are fond of gossip, always ready to poke their noses into other people's business.
Without this longing, it is easy to disguise our own desires and needs as God's, and we end up "opposing and exalting" ourselves above everything and everyone else (2 Thessalonians
NOVEMBER Date Reading 1 Ephesians 1,15-2,10  2 Psalm 149.1-9  3 Haggai 1.1-15  4 Haggai 2.1-23  5 2 Thessalonians
2.1-17  6 Psalm 145.1-21  7 Luke 20.27-47  8 Isaiah 12.1-6  9 Malachi 1.1-14  10 Malachi 2.1-3.5  11 Malachi 3.6-4.6  12 2 Thessalonians
3.1-18  13 Luke 21.1-19  14 Luke 21.20-38  15 Luke 20.1-26  16 Jeremiah 23.1-8  17 2 Samuel 5,1-12  18 Psalm 122.1-9  19 Isaiah 35.1-10  20 Psalm 96.1-13  21 John 18.28-40  22 Isaiah 2.1-5  23 Romans 13.1-14  24 2 Corinthians 9.1-15  25 Deuteronomy 8.1-20  26 Isaiah 49.8-26  27 Matthew 24.36-44  28 2 Peter 2.1-16  29 Ezekiel 3.16-27  30 John 1.35-51 
The Bible speaks of the same scenario where individuals will consciously reject the truth for a lie (2 Thessalonians
Canonical 2 Thessalonians
is nowhere mentioned in the index or perceptibly elsewhere, though perhaps "the Thes.-letter" is a lapsus (167).
309 which contains the incomplete New Testament (without the Gospels) as well as a summary of the Song of Songs includes the Laodiceans, most unusually after 1 and 2 Thessalonians
A substantial first part of the present book argues that parallels between 1 Thessalonians 4-5 and Matthew 24 + Luke 21:34-36 suggest that both Paul and the evangelists had access to a body of eschatological teaching attributed to Jesus; similarly, parallels between 2 Thessalonians
2:1-12 and Matthew 24 indicate another common body of tradition.
An overview of the Pauline writings is first given, followed by a discussion of the topics in the letters to Corinth and Rome, in the letter to the Colossians, and in a "Postscript to Paul", dealing with passages in 2 Thessalonians
, Ephesians, the Pastorals, and early patristic writings (Didache, Letters of Ignatius, Justin Martyr, Ep.
He has found ten of the letters in the canon to be authentic in preliminary and provisional turns--notably all the communal letters, so that "Ephesians," Colossians, and 2 Thessalonians
should now join 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians, 2 Thessalonians
, and Philemon in scholarly status.
Richard Webb gave the reading from 2 Thessalonians
12 that 2 Thessalonians
2:4 implies a "prediction of the Temple's demise;" it simply is not in the text.