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1 and 2 Thesssalonians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary (Socio-Rhetorical Commentary) [Paperback]

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Item description for 1 and 2 Thesssalonians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary (Socio-Rhetorical Commentary) by III Ben Witherington...

Gleans fresh insight from reading Paul's text in the light of rhetorical concerns and patterns, early Jewish theology, and the 1st century historical situation in Macedonia.

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1 & 2 Thessalonians stand as some of the very earliest Christian documents, and yet they appear quite late in Paul's missionary career, giving them a unique context well worth exploring.

In this first full-scale socio-rhetorical commentary on 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Ben Witherington gleans fresh insight from reading Paul's text in the light of rhetorical concerns and patterns, early Jewish theology and the first-century historical situation in Macedonia. As with any socio-rhetorical commentary, the unique approach helps readers to unearth insights that would otherwise remain hidden using only form criticism, epistolary categories and traditional criticism. Witherington's work also features a new, clear translation of the Greek text and a thorough bibliography that pays special attention to socio-rhetorical concerns. Additionally, he details Thessalonica's place as the "Metropolis" of Macedonia, and carefully unpacks the social situation of Paul and his recipients.

Scholars will cherish the careful analysis and rhetorical insights, while Witherington's clear prose and sensitivity to Paul's ideas makes "1 & 2 Thessalonians" ideal for all who desire a useful, readable commentary on this important early manuscript.

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   286
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2006
Series  Socio-Rhetorical Commentary  
ISBN  0802828361  
ISBN13  9780802828361  

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More About III Ben Witherington

Ben Witherington, III Bible scholar Ben Witherington is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. A graduate of UNC, Chapel Hill, he went on to receive the M.Div. degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Durham in England. He is now considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world, and is an elected member of the prestigious SNTS, a society dedicated to New Testament studies.

Witherington has also taught at Ashland Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Duke Divinity School and Gordon-Conwell. A popular lecturer, Witherington has presented seminars for churches, colleges and biblical meetings not only in the United States but also in England, Estonia, Russia, Europe, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Australia. He has also led tours to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, and Egypt.

Witherington has written over forty books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top biblical studies works by Christianity Today. He also writes for many church and scholarly publications.

Along with many interviews on radio networks across the country, Witherington has been seen on the History Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, The Discovery Channel, A&E, and the PAX Network.

Ben Witherington currently resides in the state of Kentucky. Ben Witherington was born in 1951 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Asbury Theological Seminary.

Ben Witherington has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Companions to the New Testament
  2. Lightfoot Legacy Set
  3. New Testament Commentary
  4. New Testament in Context
  5. Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary

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A heavily researched, scholarly, in-depth examination  Mar 4, 2007
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. Subjects given an extra-close study include "Holy Wedlock and Unholy Alliances", "A Christian Manual on Manual Labor", "Exercising Restraint: Apocalyptic Answers to Difficult Questions", and more. A heavily researched, scholarly, in-depth examination written for intermediate to advanced students and fellow professors of the New Testament, highly recommended for its thoroughly reasoned interpretations keen attention to detail.
Thessalonians ... Witherington style  Feb 11, 2007
Ben Witherington appears to be a unique combination of an updated and expert ancient linguist, master of the Bible as we know it + hundreds of Gnostic and ancient commentaries, and a "what were they thinking" inquisitiveness that transports the time and place of Paul's world into current focus.

His Thessalonians I & II is consistent with his other `graduate level' books of the Bible deep dives. The pastoral overtones and eschatological response to a worried congregation are well narrated.

Paul's Thessalonians has been dangerously controversial when taken out of context. Witherington does a masterful job putting context back in the book.

Stick with it. It's good work.

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