A Question of Death: Paul's Community-Building Language in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

  title={A Question of Death: Paul's Community-Building Language in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18},
  author={Richard S. Ascough},
  journal={Journal of Biblical Literature},
  • R. Ascough
  • Published 1 October 2004
  • History
  • Journal of Biblical Literature
In ancient voluntary associations, death, burial, and memorial figured prominently in the collective lives of their members.1 In light of this prominence, it is interesting to note, with Jonathan Z. Smith, that questions concerning the status of dead members of the community trigger Paul's most extensive and earliest discussions of the resurrection of the dead (1 Thessalonians and 1 Corinthians).2 In an attempt to explore further in this article the nature of the Christian community at… 

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