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Bibil Identifier bibil:222686
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Ethics in Context
Title (English, ) The Thessalonians and Their Neighbours
Author Malherbe, Abraham J.
Journal HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies (Volume: 68, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 1-10 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract First Thessalonians was written within a few months, following the conversion of Paul’s Greek readers, and reflects how his ethical teaching was part of his proclamation. Paul’s preaching of the gospel, intimately connected with the kind of person he was, brought about a close personal relationship between him and his converts. Whilst he stood as a moral model for them, he nevertheless spoke for God, and thus, his ethical instruction was grounded theologically. His converts would have understood how moral dicta, with which they were familiar, were derived from philosophy, but not from religion, as Jews and Christians held. In the overtly paraenetic sections of the letter (ch. 4 and 5), Paul was at great pains to underline this connection, which was the main point he was making.
DOI 10.4102/hts.v68i1.1214
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Letters of Paul : Letters to the Thessalonians : 1 Thessalonians
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Ethics
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