I’m excited to announce the beginning of a new series called the Zondervan Critical Introductions to the New Testament, edited by myself, with the first volume by Nijay Gupta on 1-2 Thesslonians.
This series is not a commentary or a theology of each particular book, but is about all the critical and technical issues related to authorship, date, provenance, text, genre, etc. It is the classic Historisch-Kritischen Einteilung for all the dense and detailed stuff that only gets a rudimentary mention in the commentaries.
Other volumes are scheduled, including Mark Strauss on the Gospel of Mark, Brian Rosner on 1 Corinthians, Ian Paul on Revelation, Sarah Harris on Luke, and more.
Pre-order Gupta’s inaugural volume for the new series, it is great, and absolutely necessary for anyone working in the Thessalonian letters.
Here’s the blurb:
The study of Paul’s Thessalonian letters is enjoying fresh interest today. These texts are considered by many to be amongst the earliest extant Christian documents. They are included in conversations about early Jewish and Christian apocalypticism. New insights are coming from examination of the religious, socio-cultural, and political contexts of Roman Thessalonica. And, looking back, these letters have played an important role in the development of Christian eschatology. This volumes serves as an up-to-date guide to these academic discussions and debates and much more.
This volume on 1 and 2 Thessalonians in the Zondervan Critical Introductions to the New Testament series offers a volume-length engagement with subjects that normally only receive short treatments in biblical commentaries or in New Testament Introductions. This volume addresses:
- Socio-Historical Context
- Textual History
- Greek Style
- Other Critical Issues
- Main Interpretive Issues
- Reception into the Canon
- Selected History of Interpretation