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Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

First Thessalonians, considered the earliest of Paul’s letters, was written to a community he had visited for about three weeks before being driven out (see Acts 17:1–10 ). Because Thessalonica was a major city on the Egnatian Road, a trading route linking Rome to Asia, establishment of Christianity there was pivotal to its spread to both east and west. In this epistle, Paul encourages the young church to hold faithfully to Christ’s teachings despite opposing influences in their society.

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Resources quoted in this issue

RR: Botterweck, Gerhard Johannes, Helmer Ringgren, and Heinz-Josef Fabry, eds. Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament. Rev. ed. 15 vols. Translated by John T. Willis, David E. Green, and Douglas W. Stott. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1974–2006; Spence-Jones, Henry Donald Maurice, Exell, Joseph S., and Deems, Edward Mark, eds. The Pulpit Commentary. London, 1880–1909. Also available at biblehub.com/commentaries.

Cit. 3: Dummelow, John Roberts, ed. A Commentary on the Holy Bible by Various Writers. New York: MacMillan, 1936.

Cit. 4: Freedman, David Noel, ed. The Anchor Bible Dictionary. 6 vols. New York: Doubleday, 1992; Brown, Francis, Samuel R. Driver, and Charles A. Briggs, eds. A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament. Oxford: Clarendon, 1907.

Cit. 7: Barclay, William. The Daily Study Bible: The Gospel of John, Vol. 1. Edinburgh: Saint Andrew, 1955. Revised and updated by Saint Andrew, 2001. Reprinted as The New Daily Study Bible: The Gospel of John, Vol. 1. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2001–04.

Cit. 12: Botterweck, Gerhard Johannes, Helmer Ringgren, and Heinz-Josef Fabry, eds. Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament. Rev. ed. 15 vols. Translated by John T. Willis, David E. Green, and Douglas W. Stott. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1974–2006; Cohen, A., The Psalms: Hebrew Text & English Translation with an Introduction and Commentary. Soncino Press, 1977.

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