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Safe in the Family of God: Soteriological Perspectives in 1 Thessalonians

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1 Thessalonians, written in the early fifties, is the oldest of the Pauline letters and of all New Testament documents. As such it offers unique access to an early form of the apostolic proclamation and its soteriological implications. The letter of the mobile, missionary Paul and his gospel of salvation in Christ to his converts in the city of Thessalonica reveal the process of mutual change and the urban context of his missions. The letter to the Thessalonians contains useful information about the history of the Thessalonian mission. Paul describes God as "Father" in line with the intimate, familial link between the apostle and the church and between believers mutually. Paul uses traditional Jewish apocalyptic thought, but also takes over early Christian tradition in order to reassure the young converts in Thessalonica that they are on the right track.

Keywords: 1 Thessalonians; early Christian tradition; God; New Testament documents; Pauline letters; salvation; soteriological implications



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