By Jacob W. Elias

Jacob W. Elias invitations us to pay attention in whereas Paul and his missionary partners inspire and warn believers in historical Thessalonica. Elias indicates Paul dealing pastorally with daily issues of church lifestyles whereas reminding his converts concerning the significant photo. What God has performed throughout the loss of life and resurrection of Jesus Christ will but be delivered to wonderful crowning glory. The church has an energetic function to play in God's redemptive project on this planet. at the present time, apocalyptic biblical texts are usually missed or misused. yet Elias tells how the gospel proclaimed to the Thessalonians undergirds the nurture of church buildings marked by way of religion, love, and desire.

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15683 Published simultaneously in Canada by Herald Press, Waterloo, Ont. N2L 6H7. All rights reserved Library of Congress Catalog Number: 94-23408 International Standard Book Number: 0-8361-3698-5 Printed in the United States of America Cover by Merrill R. Miller 04 03 02 01 00 99 98 97 96 95 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Page 5 To Lillian, my companion in faith and life Page 6 BELIEVERS CHURCH BIBLE COMMENTARY (Volumes available to 1995) Old Testament Genesis, by Eugene F. Roop Jeremiah, by Elmer A. Martens Ezekiel, by Millard C.

Both grace and peace play central roles in Paul's theology. A greeting of this nature may have emerged quite spontaneously within the life and worship of a bicultural Christian community such as Antioch of Syria, which included both Messianic Jews and Gentile Christians (Acts 11:19-25). However, there are also noteworthy precedents in the OT and in other Jewish literature for combining the notions of peace and grace or mercy (Mauser: 106-109). Jewish blessings, such as the priestly benediction of Numbers 6:24-26, illustrate this rich theological heritage ("Peace and Grace" in TBC for 2 Thess.

David Garber, Book Editor at Herald Press, attended diligently to the detailed editing of this manuscript, often suggesting areas of improvement. Several others also read the commentary in process and offered their critique and suggestions: Mary Klassen, a fellow member of Hively Avenue Mennonite Church and a staff colleague at AMBS; Ashish Chrispal, former dean at Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, India, and a visiting professor at AMBS during the spring semester 1993; and Robert Jewett of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois, whose scholarship in Pauline studies generally and the Thessalonian correspondence specifically has stimulated Page 15 my own ongoing attempt to understand the apostle Paul.

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