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When Paul wrote First Thessalonians shortly after the recipients had accepted the Gospel, many significant issues had already arisen among them. Of great concern was the social complexity, and even persecution, they encountered because they had “turned to God from idols” (1:9). The countercultural stance of those earliest believers, and especially the impact that may have had for women, is addressed throughout this commentary. While Paul directs no remarks only to women in this letter, the ramifications of his preaching on their daily lives emerge vibrantly from the application of a feminist hermeneutics of suspicion to the text. While Second Thessalonians is a shorter letter, it has been disproportionately influential on Christian thought, especially apocalyptic doctrine and the “Protestant work ethic.” From a feminist perspective, it is androcentric, rhetorically manipulative, and even violent. In this commentary, Mary Ann Beavis and HyeRan Kim-Cragg explore this text from many angles to expose both constructive and destructive implications in the text. Notably, they suggest a perspective on the “afflictions” endured by the Thessalonian church that neither glorifies suffering nor wishes for revenge but rather sees the divine presence in women’s acts of compassion and care in circumstances of extreme duress and inhumanity.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Cover
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Contributors
  2. p. ix
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  1. Foreword: “Come Eat of My Bread . . . and Walk in the Ways of Wisdom”
  2. Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza
  3. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Editor’s Introduction to Wisdom Commentary: “She Is a Breath of the Power of God” (Wis 7:25)
  2. Barbara E. Reid
  3. pp. xv-xxxiii
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  1. 1 Thessalonians
  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Florence Morgan Gillman
  3. p. 3
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  1. Author’s Introduction: Contexting and Musing about Women and Thessalonica
  2. pp. 5-22
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  1. 1 Thessalonians 1: The Women and Men Who “Turned to God from Idols” (1:9)
  2. pp. 23-39
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  1. 1 Thessalonians 2: Your Abandoned Nursing Goddess Has Been Replaced
  2. pp. 41-56
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  1. 1 Thessalonians 3: Forget Demeter and Isis—Even If Most Women Rely on Them
  2. pp. 57-68
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  1. 1 Thessalonians 4: Exhortations for the Living and about the Dead
  2. pp. 69-81
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  1. 1 Thessalonians 5: A Warning about Coming Destruction: As Sudden and Inescapable as Labor Pains
  2. pp. 83-94
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  1. Afterword: Courage and Complexities in Believing in “the Gospel of God” (2:2)
  2. pp. 95-97
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  1. 2 Thessalonians
  1. Authors’ Introduction: Feminism, Apocalyptic,and 2 Thessalonians
  2. pp. 101-118
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  1. 2 Thessalonians 1: Resistance and Suffering
  2. pp. 119-139
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  1. 2 Thessalonians 2: Eschatological Birth Pangs
  2. pp. 141-162
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  1. 2 Thessalonians 3: Idle No More
  2. pp. 163-184
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  1. Afterword: Finding Hope in 2 Thessalonians
  2. pp. 185-186
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  1. 1 Thessalonians Works Cited
  2. pp. 187-192
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  1. 2 Thessalonians Works Cited
  2. pp. 193-200
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  1. Index of Scripture Referencesand Other Ancient Writings
  2. pp. 201-204
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  1. Index of Subjects
  2. pp. 205-212
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814682265
Related ISBN
9780814682012
MARC Record
OCLC
1016614051
Pages
216
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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