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Title: Comfort One Another: Reconstructing the Rhetoric and Audience of 1 Thessalonians
Author: Smith, Abraham
Publisher: Westminster John Knox; Publication Date: 1995
Paperback; ISBN: 9780664251789
Volumes: 1; Pages: 160
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This unique study considers the exegetical and hermeneutical possibilities of analyzing the entire letter of 1 Thessalonians as a letter of consolation. Abraham Smith maintains that Paul wrote 1 Thessalonians with a full knowledge of the tradition of Greco-Roman letters of consolation and chose this genre to sustain members of the Thessalonian church. Smith explicates the social and literary conventions of this tradition and fully discloses why this particular rhetoric of care was employed. Showing how Paul's letter of consolation was understood in Paul's world and by subsequent generations, Smith demonstrates the usefulness of Paul's rhetoric of comfort for modern society.