The New Testament

A Historical and Theological Introduction

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26. First and Second Thessalonians

Questions for Research and Discussion

  1. Imagine that you have a Jewish friend who is severely offended by 2 Thessalonians 2:14–16. How might you help him understand this text?
  2. Discuss in some detail the arguments surrounding the unity or disunity of 1 Thessalonians.
  3. Argue both sides of the authorship issue regarding 2 Thessalonians. Which do you find more convincing and why?
  4. Describe in some detail the eschatology found in the two letters to the Thessalonians.
  5. Trace the notion of “the gospel” throughout both letters to the Thessalonians. What did you find? Are there any patterns or similar literary contexts?