THESSALONIANS CHAPTER ONE
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The purpose of the observation stage is to maintain focus on the text at hand in accordance with the framework in which it was written: a framework which is defined by the normative rules of language, context and logic - rules which do not impose undue, unintended meanings to the text , and which largely limit the observer to the content offered by Paul's epistle to the Thessalonians and his other writings. In order for any passage from elsewhere to be considered, it must have a relationship with the context at hand, such as a Scriptural quotation or a specific cross reference in the passage at hand by the author. This will serve to avoid going on unnecessary tangents elsewhere; and more importantly, it will provide the framework for a proper and objective comparison with passages located elsewhere in Scripture.
Remember that something elsewhere may be true, but in the text at hand it may not be in view.
Note that information on manuscript evidence is from "THE NEW TESTAMENT TEXT AND TRANSLATION COMMENTARY," by Philip W. Comfort, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, Carol Stream, IL.
I) [1 Thes 1:1-10]:
A) [1 Thes 1:1]:
1) [(1 Thes 1:1) Manuscript
Evidence For 1 Thes 1:1]:
2) [(1 Thes 1:1) Commentary On 1
a) [(1 Thes 1:1) Compare Expositors' Commentary On 1 Thes 1:1]:
B) [1 Thes 1:2-4]:
1) [(1 Thes 1:2-4) Commentary On 1
C) [1 Thes 1:5-10)]:
1) [(1 Thes 1:5) Manuscript Evidence For 1 Thes 1:5]:
2) [(1 Thes 1:6) Manuscript
Evidence For 1 Thes 1:6]:
3) [(1 Thes 1:7) Manuscript
Evidence For 1 Thes 1:7]:
4) [(1 Thes 1:5-10) Commentary On 1 Thes 1:5-10]: