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22 Conversion to Paul’s Gospel

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For some time it has been pointed out that Paul's preaching, particularly the Lukan version presented in the book of Acts, shares some features with the ancient accounts of conversion to philosophy. The author's earlier efforts in dealing with Paul's Thessalonian converts have primarily been concerned with the immediate consequences of their conversion. Paul's ministry in Thessalonica was conducted "in the midst of a great struggle" (ἐν πολλῷ ἀγῶνι, 1 Thess 2:2), which may have been a combination of external dangers and anxiety. In 1 Thess 1:9-10 Paul provides more information about the message to which the Thessalonians responded and reveals the sermonic context of his proclamation of Jesus.

Keywords: Lukan version; Paul's Thessalonian; philosophic conversion



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