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Commentary on First Thessalonians

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1, 1 :

On the address, see the note on Rom 1, 1–7 .

1, 3 :

Faith …love…hope: this, along with 5, 8 , is the earliest mention in Christian literature of the three “theological virtues” (see 1 Cor 13, 13 ). The order here stresses eschatological hope, in line with the letter's emphasis on the Lord's second, triumphal coming, or parousia ( 10; 2, 12.19; 3, 13; 4, 13–5, 11; 5, 23 ).

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Imitators: the Pauline theme of “imitation” (see 2, 14; 1 Cor 4, 16; 11, 1; 2 Thes 3, 9 ) is rooted in Paul's view of solidarity in Christ through sharing in Jesus' cross and in the Spirit of the risen Lord.

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