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The Three-Fold Thanksgiving of 1 Thess. 1:2ff.

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The introductory thanksgiving of 1 Thessalonians, is the first extant thanksgiving passage of the apostle. Paul Schubert, in his structural analysis of the Pauline thanksgivings, pointed to the similarities and differences of basic structure of this thanksgiving period with those of the imprisonment Ietters. Of all Paul's introductory thanksgivings the extent and limits of the first extant one possess are the most difficult to assess. The immediate grounds for Paul's constant thanksgiving at chap. 1:2ff. were the 'achievements' of the Thessalonians, i.e., their work, toil and patience. Paul breaks out into renewed thanksgiving because the Thessalonians gladly received the apostolic message as the word of God. Paul's thanksgiving. V. 10, as a petitionary prayer report, and the exhortations and instructions that follow, point forward to the future. The conclusion of the thanksgiving period is reached with the wish-prayer 94 of vv. 11-13.

Keywords: Paul Schubert; Paul's constant thanksgiving; petitionary prayer report; Thessalonians

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