A new commentary for today’s world, The Story of God Bible Commentary series explains and illuminates each passage of Scripture in light of the Bible’s grand story. John Byron’s commentary, 1 and 2 Thessalonians offers a clear and compelling exposition of Paul’s letters, guiding everyday readers in how to creatively and faithfully live out the Bible in their own contexts. This story-centric approach is ideal for pastors, students, Sunday school teachers, and laypeople alike.
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“Three things they remember about the Thessalonians are their ‘work produced by faith,’ their ‘labor prompted by love,’ and their ‘endurance inspired by hope in the Lord Jesus.’ Careful readers will note the Pauline triad of faith (pistis), hope (elpis), and love (agapē), so well-known from 1 Corinthians 13:13. But another triad is woven in here: work (ergon), labor (kopos), and endurance (hypomonē). As we will see, these terms are important to our understanding of the situation at Thessalonica and the way Paul attempts to address the problem.” (Page 34)
“What we find in this letter is not chastisement and condemnation, but hope. We are reminded by Paul that we are not like everyone else and that our hope is focused not on the circumstances of today, but on the future return and victory of Jesus. Like the Thessalonians, we are caught in the eschatological tension.” (Page 10)
“There is one thing missing in this opening that is found in every other letter written by Paul with the exception of 2 Thessalonians. Paul routinely identifies himself in the greeting as either an ‘apostle’ or a ‘slave of Christ Jesus’ or both.” (Page 35)
“The ‘holy acts’ performed by God’s people are because they are a people called by God to be different, not so that they can become that people.” (Page 129)
“Ministry, however, is a community effort. It requires all of us to pitch in and do what the Lord bids.” (Page 37)
Offering a new type of application commentary for today’s context, the Story of God Bible Commentary series explains and illuminates Scripture as God’s story. Each biblical text is treated as though it were embedded in its canonical and historical setting to discern how to live out the story faithfully and creatively in the twenty-first century.
The authors of this series study and probe the Bible as God’s story, to discern and then articulate how we can live the Bible’s story faithfully and creatively in the culture today. This series offers vital tools for you to understand the original context of biblical passages; to carry insights from the biblical world and ancient Near Eastern literature straight into your context today; and finally, to empower you to discern and communicate biblical insight to your small group or congregation.
You’ll experience the uniqueness of The Story of God Bible Commentary as it helps you read the Bible in light of Christ’s incarnation, encounter theology of the great traditions of the church, and engage with faithful and insightful voices of the global church.
Each commentary is broken into three sections:
Getting a story is about more than merely enjoying it. It means hearing it, understanding it, and above all, being impacted by it. This commentary series hopes that its readers not only hear and understand the story, but are impacted by it to live in as Christian a way as possible. The editors and contributors set that table very well and open up the biblical story in ways that move us to act with sensitivity and understanding. That makes hearing the story as these authors tell it well worth the time. Well done.
I love the Story of God Bible Commentary series. It makes the text sing, and helps us hear the story afresh.
The Bible is the story of God and his dealings with humanity from creation to new creation. The Bible is made up more of stories than of any other literary genre. Even the psalms, proverbs, prophecies, letters, and the Apocalypse make complete sense only when set in the context of the grand narrative of the entire Bible. This commentary series breaks new ground by taking all these observations seriously. It asks commentators to listen to the text, to explain the text, and to live the text. Some of the material in these sections overlaps with introduction, detailed textual analysis and application, respectively, but only some. The most riveting and valuable part of the commentaries are the stories that can appear in any of these sections, from any part of the globe and any part of church history, illustrating the text in any of these areas. Ideal for preaching and teaching.
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