Redescribing the Thessalonians’ ‘Mission’ in Light of Graeco-Roman Associations*

  title={Redescribing the Thessalonians’ ‘Mission’ in Light of Graeco-Roman Associations*},
  author={R. Ascough},
  journal={New Testament Studies},
  pages={61 - 82}
  • R. Ascough
  • Published 2013
  • History
  • New Testament Studies
1 Thessalonians 1.2-10 is generally understood to be making reference to the Thessalonians participating in missionary activity in which they proclaim the salvific message of Christ. Read this way, the text presumes that the Thessalonians have evangelized areas even before the Paul party arrived. That a newly constituted group of artisans would undertake such an aggressive program seems unlikely. The rhetoric of the passage is better understood in light of the practice of associations in… Expand