Dating 1 thessalonians
It is universally assented to be an authentic letter of Paul. 113): "The person who made this change was interested in directing Paul's apocalyptic preachments against those who opposed the Christian mission and did so by inserting a small unit aimed specifically at the Jews who 'killed Jesus' and 'drove us out,' for which reason 'God's wrath has overtaken them at last.' Nothing in all of Paul's letters comes close to such a pronouncement (Pearson 1971).
The letter to the Thessalonians is thought to have been written by Paul from Corinth a few months after founding a congregation there. And since, according to this addition, it was the Jews upon whom God's wrath had (already) fallen, the reference must surely be to the destruction of the temple in 70 C.
First Thessalonians, one of Paul's most personal letters, identifies some of the key components for establishing and maintaining community. In another letter Paul identified this need to belong, "So the eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!
" nor again the head to the feet, "I don't need you!
Yet wherever he went he established a band of people who huddled together in supportive and encouraging community.
Assimilation is becoming absorbed in the lives of others as an active participant, relating to, sharing with, and caring for others. When we make room for others we discover the best of others and the best in ourselves.
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