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1&2 Thessalonians (Abingdon New Testament Commentaries Series)

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Accepting the widespread view that 1 Thessalonians is the earliest surviving Pauline letter, Furnish commends reading it as fully as possible on its own terms, without presupposing or imposing themes or positions that are explicit only in letters of a...


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Accepting the widespread view that 1 Thessalonians is the earliest surviving Pauline letter, Furnish commends reading it as fully as possible on its own terms, without presupposing or imposing themes or positions that are explicit only in letters of a later date. While he agrees with commentators who note this letter's pastoral aims and character, he is more convinced than some that it also exhibits a rich and coherent theological point of view. Furnish interprets 2 Thessalonians as the work of an anonymous Paulinist writing several decades after the apostle's death. He regards this letter, too, as historically and theologically valuable, although less for what it discloses about Paul's ministry and thought than for what it shows about the reception and interpretation of Paul in the late first-century church.
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Victor Paul Furnish

Victor Paul Furnish (Ph.D., Yale University) is University Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Emeritus at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, and general editor of the Abingdon New Testament Commentaries. His numerous publications on and contributions to Pauline studies set him apart as one of the premier New Testament scholars of our generation, they include II Corinthians (Anchor Biblical Commentary); 1 & 2 Thessalonians (Abingdon New Testament Commentaries); The Moral Teaching of Paul and The Theology of Corinthians.
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