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The Letters to the Thessalonians (Pillar New Testament Commentary) [Hardcover]

By Gene L. Green (Author)
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Mining new knowledge about the first-century world of Thessalonica, Gene Green offers a masterful analysis of The Letters to the Thessalonians. His comprehensive study of the people, their history, socioeconomic conditions, and religious beliefs illuminates his careful verse-by-verse commentary, providing you with an in-depth look at what these pastorally astute letters say about perseverance amid suffering and trials, attitudes toward work, questions concerning Christ's second coming, and more.

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The newest volume in the Pillar New Testament Commentary series interprets 1 and 2 Thessalonians in light of new knowledge about the first-century world of Thessalonica. This fruitful approach better illuminates the impact of the gospel on its original readers and, in turn, shows how potent a force it can be for the church and society today.

Gene L. Green first provides an in-depth study of the Thessalonians themselves -- their history, land, socioeconomic conditions, and religious environment. This fascinating discussion leads into informed verse-by-verse commentary that extracts the fullest possible meaning from these important New Testament texts.

By carefully bridging the biblical and modern worlds, Green clarifies just what these pastorally astute letters say about many areas in which Christians often seek guidance -- perseverance amid suffering and trials, attitudes toward daily work, questions concerning Christ's second coming, and more.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   400
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.6 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2002
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Series  Pillar New Testament Commentary  
ISBN  0802837387  
ISBN13  9780802837387  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gene L. Green is professor of New Testament at Wheaton College and Graduate School.

Stephen T. Pardue is assistant professor of theology at Asia Graduate School of Theology in the Philippines.

K. K. Yeo is Kendall Professor of New Testament at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

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Very good detailed commentary  Dec 7, 2007
This is a very good commentary on Thessalonians. The Pillar commentaries are faithful to God's word and stand under the scripture and not over like some commentaries. One strength of this book is the extensive background of Thessolonia in the 1st century. This historical background provided good perspective. For example the patron-client relationship explains Paul's emphasis on working and not being a dependent. The sexual mores of that time relate to the calling for sexual purity (as well as in our time). Sometimes there seems to be too much detail for points that seem obvious. Also, this is a straight exegesis with little in the way of application.
Top Quality  Feb 6, 2003
While there have been a number of good commentaries produced on Thessalonians over the years, there have been no quite recent works of substance. Somewhat older evangelical standards include Morris (NIC, 1959), Bruce (WBC, 1982), and Wanamaker (NIGTC, 1990). Thus this new volume is a welcome, and long-overdue, addition.

It is quite new (2002) and part of the Pillar Commentary series; a series that did not originally start out as a series. The series now contains eight volumes, of which this is the most recent. New Testament scholar D.A. Carson is editor of the series, so readers can expect these volumes to be of consistently high quality. Indeed, there are no "duds" to be found in the first seven volumes.

The author, Gene Green, teaches New Testament at Wheaton College in Chicago. He has produced a very readable and reliable commentary on the two Thessalonian letters.

Green is well abreast of all the latest concerns: theological, historical and textual. Yet in keeping with the aim of the series, the volume is not overly technical. Theological disputes, textual considerations, and social/historical background discussions are all given due attention, but none in overbearing detail. This means all the volumes of this series are quite helpful to pastors and lay people, but will also well serve the academic and scholarly community.

This newest edition looks to be of equal value to previous volumes. The extensive bibliography is followed by a thorough introduction, The book is especially helpful in setting forth the letters in their historical and cultural backgrounds. And theologically disputed passages are given fair treatment, with various options presented.

And the author is not afraid to take sides on some of these contentious issues. As an example, those who see a pre-trib rapture in 1 Th 4:16-17 will not find their views confirmed here. Green argues that this passage is not "the stuff of speculative prophecy or best-sellers on the end-times". The context of this passage makes clear that Paul (whom Green takes to be the author) is seeking to comfort and give hope to believers, especially in relation to those who have already died.

Similarly, favorite texts found in 2 Thessalonians by those with sharply held eschatological viewpoints will be treated in differing ways by Green. While not all will agree with each of his interpretations, he backs them all up with thorough research and exegesis, and with even-handedness and a charitable spirit.

All in all this is one of the best works now available on the epistles from an evangelical perspective, One eagerly awaits more works by Green, and more volumes in the Pillar series.


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