FIRST THESSALONIANS: INTRO AND OUTLINE

August 15, 2006 at 1:11 am (FIRST THESSALONIANS, Uncategorized)

First, here is a map to help you get your bearings concerning where Thessalonica was located. And here is another.

Here you will find a brief history of the city. You need only read under the headings: HELLENISTIC ERA and ROMAN ERA.

For a good summary of Paul’s second missionary journey as narrated in Acts go here. And read Acts 15:36-18:22.

 

 

OUTLINE TO FIRST THESSALONIANS

The letter has three parts. Each part is divided into three subsections which are written concentrically. Concentricism is a literary device which forms parallels around a center. It is usually outlined like this:

A1) WATER

B1) SAND

 

C) SKY

 

B2) SAND

A2) WATER

 

The above outline reflects a five-fold structure. Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians has a three-fold structure:

PART 1 (1:1-2:16) Salutation and thanksgiving for the Thessalonians reception of the word.

A1) THANKSGIVING for their RECEIVING THE WORD. (1:1-10)

B) Paul’s ministry among them. (2:1-12)

A2) Another THANKSGIVING for their RECEPTION OF THE WORD. (2:13-16)

 

PART 2 (2:17-3:19) Paul wants to return to them.

A1) PAUL WANTS TO RETURN TO THESSALONICA. (2:17-20)

B) He sends timothy instead. (3:1-8)

A2) PAUL WANTS TO RETURN TO THESSALONICA. (3:9-13)

 

PART 3 (4:1-5:28) Moral life and the second coming

A1) EXHORTATION TO LIVE MORALLY, [SEX AND LOVE] (4:1-12)

B) The second coming and resurrection of the just. (4:13-5:11)

A2) EXHORTATION TO LIVE MORALLY, [RESPECT AND PEACE] (5:12-28)

 

By writing in this fashion Paul show the unity of his thought. What he says about the reception of the word in part 1 is to be seen as closely connected to what he says concerning his ministry among them. In part 3 the second coming of Christ and the resurrection of the just is to be seen in relation to Christian morality.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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