1 Thessalonians

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1 Thessalonians is the thirteenth book of the New Testament. Authorship is traditionally attributed to the Apostle Paul. The letter is addressed to Christians in the city of Thessalonica. Paul wrote to the church to encourage them to persevere through trial and to resist false teaching. Commentaries on 1 Thessalonians often address the return of Christ and being in good fellowship with one another.

1 and 2 Thessalonians (WBC) by F.F. Bruce

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  • Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on 1 Thessalonians
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a solid commentary based on the Greek text"
  • Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on 1 Thessalonians; "The fruits of a lifetime of New Testament study shine through on every page. Highly recommended."

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The First and Second Letters to the Thessalonians (NICNT) by Gordon Fee

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  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary" on 1 and 2 Thessalonians
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a solid commentary based on the Greek text"

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The Epistle to the Thessalonians (NIGNT) by Charles A. Wanamaker

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a technical and helpful exposition"
  • Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on 2 Thessalonians; "a very useful work for those doing in-depth study"

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1-2 Thessalonians (IVPNTC) by G.K. Beale

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  • Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on 1 Thessalonians; "Beale always has interesting food for thought"
  • D. A. Carson: a "best buy" on 1 Thessalonians
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "the best non-technical commentaries for pastors"

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The Letters to the Thessalonians (PNTC) by Gene L. Green

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "useful exposition of the letters"
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary" on 1 and 2 Thessalonians
  • Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on 1 Thessalonians; "probably the best commentary on these letters currently available"

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1 and 2 Thessalonians (SRC) by Ben Witherington III

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  • D. A. Carson: a "best buy" on 2 Thessalonians
  • Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on 1 Thessalonians; "The primary benefit of reading Witherington’s commentaries is the wealth of contextual background information he provides"

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1-2 Thessalonians (BECNT) by Jefferey A.D. Weima

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  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary" on 1 and 2 Thessalonians

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1 & 2 Thessalonians (NIVAC) by Michael W. Holmes

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  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary" on 1 and 2 Thessalonians

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1 and 2 Thessalonians (ZECNT) by Gary S. Shogren

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1 & 2 Thessalonians (REC) by Richard D. Phillips

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The Message of 1 & 2 Thessalonians (BST) by John Stott

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1 and 2 Thessalonians (THNTC) by Andy Johnson

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1 and 2 Thessalonians (TNTC) by Leon Morris

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The Letters to the Thessalonians (AB) by Abraham J. Malherbe

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  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary" on 1 and 2 Thessalonians
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a fine commentary by an expert in Hellenistic literature"

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1–2 Thessalonians (Preaching the Word) by James H. Grant Jr.

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1 & 2 Thessalonians (MNTC) by John MacArthur

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1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon (HNTC) by Knute Larson

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1 and 2 Thessalonians (NCB) by I. Howard Marshall

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a brief and insightful exposition of the letters"

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Epistles to the Thessalonians (HNTC) by Ernest Best

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a thorough investigation of various exegetical options"

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