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Title: The Practice of Hope: Ideology and Intention in 1 Thessalonians
Author: Miguez, Nestor O
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress; Publication Date: 2012
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780800698249
Volumes: 1; Pages: 256
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Although the political interpretation of Paul is still considered something of a novelty in North America and Europe, it is well established in Latin America and among theologians of liberation. In The Practice of Hope, N�stor O. M�guez brings the insights of historical-critical study and political analysis together with incisive theological reflection. Taking on European philosophical interpretations of Paul, the "North Atlantic consensus" regarding social stratification in the Pauline churches, and the distortions of "rapture" theology, M�guez situates Paul's mission in the political context of Roman Thessalonica and reads his first letter in engagement with Latin American realities. The result is a surprising rediscovery of Paul as an organic intellectual for whom hope is always a socially concrete reality.