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Bibil Identifier bibil:212646
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Who Persecuted the Thessalonian Christians?
Author Taylor, N.H.
Journal HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies (Volume: 58, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2002
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2002
Year (Copyright) 2002
Year (Reference) 2002
Language English
Pages 784-801 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article argues that the recent scholarly consensus of an essentially gentile Thessalonian church being persecuted by its gentile neighbours is founded on unsound premises. The Jewish community in Thessalonica would have had good reason to oppose Paul and the congregation he formed. The exegesis of key texts in 1 Thessalonians does not support the reconstruction of the church as composed of gentiles unconnected with the synagogue, and the ethnic background of the persecutors cannot be ascertained on the basis of the letter. The dismissal of Acts as a source of historical information is unwarranted.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Thessalonica
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Persecution
Pericopes 1 Thessalonians 2,13-2,16
Terms συμφυλέτης συμφυλετης
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