Cover

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Title Page, Cover

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

Abbreviations

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pp. vii-viii

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Contributors

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p. ix

Regina A. Boisclair, PhD, is professor of religious studies and Cardinal Newman Chair of Catholic Theology at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, Alaska. Her major research interest concerns the hermeneutical features of the selections, collections, and calendrical assignments...

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Foreword: “Come Eat of My Bread . . . and Walk in the Ways of Wisdom”

Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza

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pp. xi-xiii

To see Scripture as such a beautiful garden containing poisonous ivy requires that one identify and name this poison and place on all biblical texts the label “Caution! Could be dangerous to your health and survival!” As critical feminist interpretation for well-being this Wisdom...

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Editor’s Introduction to Wisdom Commentary: “She Is a Breath of the Power of God” (Wis 7:25)

Barbara E. Reid

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pp. xv-xxxiii

Wisdom Commentary is the first series to offer detailed feminist interpretation of every book of the Bible. The fruit of collaborative work by an ecumenical and interreligious team of scholars, the volumes provide serious, scholarly engagement with the whole biblical...

1 Thessalonians

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Acknowledgments

Florence Morgan Gillman

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p. 3

During the course of preparing this commentary on 1 Thessalonians, I presented papers on various aspects of the material at the Catholic Biblical Association of America and at the Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven (KUL), Leuven, Belgium. I am grateful for the...

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Author’s Introduction: Contexting and Musing about Women and Thessalonica

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pp. 5-22

When Paul composed 1 Thessalonians ca. 50 CE, he had been preaching about the resurrection of Jesus for more than a decade. Paul’s intellectual formation as a Pharisee (Phil 3:5) had prepared him to explain in depth the profound traditions of Judaism. Building on...

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1 Thessalonians 1: The Women and Men Who “Turned to God from Idols” (1:9)

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pp. 23-39

Paul’s greeting in 1 Thess 1:1 indicates that the letter is not only from him but also from Silvanus and Timothy. This signals Paul’s high regard for his two co-workers and the important roles they had in the evangelization of the Thessalonians. It is not evident (nor is it...

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1 Thessalonians 2: Your Abandoned Nursing Goddess Has Been Replaced

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pp. 41-56

Having expressed abundant thanksgivings for the faith of the Thessalonians, Paul next reflects on what his behavior and that of Silvanus and Timothy had been like during that initial evangelization. He indicates that it took courage for the three missionaries to preach to the...

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1 Thessalonians 3: Forget Demeter and Isis—Even If Most Women Rely on Them

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pp. 57-68

In 1 Thessalonians 3, Paul recalls how he decided in Athens to send Timothy back to Thessalonica and how Timothy had just then caught up with him in Corinth. Paul describes Timothy’s report as good news, and then again (as in 1:6; 2:2, 14-16) he returns to the issue of...

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1 Thessalonians 4: Exhortations for the Living and about the Dead

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pp. 69-81

In 1 Thess 4:1 Paul transitions from the extended thanksgivings of chapters 1–3 into the exhortations in chapters 4–5.1 These two final chapters contain paraenesis as well as eschatological comments. Since the eschatological remarks are also paraenetic, or hortatory, all of chapters...

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1 Thessalonians 5: A Warning about Coming Destruction: As Sudden and Inescapable as Labor Pains

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pp. 83-94

In the first half of 1 Thess 5 Paul further expounds on the return of Jesus. While in 4:13-18 he had focused on the believers’ concern about those who had already died, in 5:1-11 Paul considers the situation of the living at the Parousia. Reflecting that he knew the Thessalonians...

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Afterword: Courage and Complexities in Believing in “the Gospel of God” (2:2)

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pp. 95-97

As profound and liberating as conversion to belief in the living God may have been, this commentary has sought to stress that it must have been very hard for the earliest Thessalonian believers, both women and men, to experience the limitations monotheism imposed on...

2 Thessalonians

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Authors’ Introduction: Feminism, Apocalyptic,and 2 Thessalonians

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pp. 101-118

Thessalonica (modern-day Thessaloniki, Greece) was named after the stepsister of Alexander the Great, wife of the general Cassander who founded the city in 316–315 BCE.1 The poet Antipater called Thessalonica the mother city of Macedonia (Anthologia Palatina...

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2 Thessalonians 1: Resistance and Suffering

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pp. 119-139

The epistolary greeting of 2 Thess 1:1 is similar but not identical to that of the first letter. The senders in both are identified as Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy. On the hypothesis of pseudepigraphal authorship, it is significant that the author (or authors) has (have) not...

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2 Thessalonians 2: Eschatological Birth Pangs

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pp. 141-162

In rhetorical terms, 2 Thess 2:1-2 constitutes a partitio, a statement of the main issue to be discussed in the ensuing section (2:3-12): “the coming of our Kyrios Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him” (2:1). The authors presuppose that the ἐκκλησία has received...

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2 Thessalonians 3: Idle No More

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pp. 163-184

Beverly Roberts Gaventa speaks of the anger that permeates the first two chapters of 2 Thessalonians: “Chapter 1 rages against those who afflict believers, anticipating the judgment that will fall on them. Chapter 2 interprets that rage in the larger context of rebellion...

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Afterword: Finding Hope in 2 Thessalonians

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pp. 185-186

Although it is very brief and of questionable authenticity, 2 Thessalonians has been disproportionately influential in Christian history and interpretation, and it has left its mark beyond the boundaries of Christendom. The multifaceted figure of the Antichrist...

1 Thessalonians Works Cited

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pp. 187-192

2 Thessalonians Works Cited

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pp. 193-200

Index of Scripture Referencesand Other Ancient Writings

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pp. 201-204

Index of Subjects

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pp. 205-212