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The Thessalonians Debate: Methodological Discord or Methodological Synthesis?
Edited by Karl P. Donfried and Johannes Beutler

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Format: Paperback, 400pp.
ISBN: 0802843743
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Pub. Date: June 2000

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First Thessalonians is one of the most discussed books of the New Testament. This volume by today’s top Thessalonians scholars introduces readers to the current scholarly debate on Paul’s earliest letter, discussing the difficult challenges that 1 Thessalonians poses to modern readers and explaining the various methods now being used to interpret this important New Testament letter.

Contributors: Raymond Collins, Karl P. Donfried, Traugott Holtz, Rudolf Hoppe, Frank W. Hughes, Edgar Krentz, Jan Lambrecht, Otto Merk, Johannes Schoon-Jan฿en, Johan S. Vos, Charles Wanamaker, and Jeffrey Weima

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Karl Paul Donfried is the Elizabeth A. Woodson Professor of Religion and Biblical Literature at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts.

Johannes Beutler is Professor of New Testament theology at Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

Table of Contents

IntroductionThe Scope and Nature of the Debate: An Introduction and Some Questions
Karl P. Donfried
1The Epistolary and Rhetorical Context of 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Karl P. Donfried
2The Epistolary and Rhetorical Context of 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12: A Response to Karl P. Donfried
Rudolf Hoppe
3On the Background of 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Traugott Holtz
4On the Background of 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12: A Response to Traugott Holtz
Johan S. Vos
51 Thessalonians 2:1-12: An Exegetical- Theological Study
Otto Merk
6The Function of 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 and the Use of Rhetorical Criticism: A Response to Otto Merk
Jeffrey Weima
7Thanksgivings in 1 Thessalonians 1-3
Jan Lambrecht
8A Structural Analysis of 1 Thessalonians 4-5
Jan Lambrecht
9On the Use of Elements of Ancient Epistolography in 1 Thessalonians
Johannes Schoon-Janßen
10The Rhetoric of Letters
Frank W. Hughes
11The Social Situations Implied by Rhetoric
Frank W. Hughes
12Epistolary vs. Rhetorical Analysis: Is a Synthesis Possible?
Charles Wanamaker
131 Thessalonians: Rhetorical Flourishes and Formal Constraints
Edgar Krentz
14“I Command That This Letter Be Read”: Writing as a Manner of Speaking
Raymond Collins

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