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Paul: A Critical Life$
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Jerome Murphy-OʼConnor

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780192853424

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192853424.001.0001

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Learning with the Thessalonians

Learning with the Thessalonians

(p.102) 5 Learning with the Thessalonians
Paul: A Critical Life

Jerome Murphy-oʼconnor

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that Philippi and Thessalonica were probably the two communities in Macedonia (a Roman province) that gave Paul the greatest happiness. However, the chapter examines why Paul would have left Thessalonica other than for the reason given by Luke. The chapter also suggests Paul's teaching on the escathon, and the misinterpretation by the Thessalonians of his teachings, may have been the reason why he was attacked in Thessalonica. It is believed that Paul's teaching of Jesus filled a spiritual vacuum for the proletariats of Thessalonica. The characteristic features of all Pauline letters are cited in this section. It is also revealed that Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians is actually a compilation of two letters.

Keywords:   Philippi, Thessalonica, escathon, Jesus, Thessalonica, Pauline letters

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