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Church at Thessalonica
Acts 17:1-9 and 1 Thess 1:1-10 Commentary
by Elisabeth Johnson
On his second missionary journey, Paul sets out again from Antioch to travel through Syria and Cilicia.
Having parted ways with Barnabas, Paul chooses Silas to join him on this journey (15:36-41). At Lystra they are also joined by Timothy (16:1-2).
Guided by a vision of a "man of Macedonia," Paul and his companions set sail for that region (16:6-10). At Philippi their message is well received by a group of women led by Lydia (16:11-15). But they also encounter opposition after Paul drives out the "spirit of divination" from a slave-girl and her owners are angry about losing their profit from her fortune-telling. The owners drag Paul and Silas before the authorities, charging them with disturbing the city and advocating customs that are unlawful for Romans to adopt, after which Paul and Silas are flogged and thrown in prison (16:16-24). After an earthquake breaks open the doors and chains in the prison, the jailer comes to faith and is baptized with his whole household. Meanwhile the magistrates decide to release Paul and Silas (6:25-40).
Acts 17:1-9: Receptivity and Resistance in Thessalonica ...
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Narrative Lectionary 039: Church at Thessalonica.
May 06, 2012
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Craig Koester for "I Love to Tell the Story," a weekly conversation on the narrative lectionary. This week's reading is Church at Thessalonica: Acts 17:1-9 and 1 Thess 1:1-10.