Commentary on Paul’s Letters to the Thessalonians by G.G. Findlay

The Rev George G. Findlay was Professor of Biblical Languages at the training college for Methodist ministers at Headingly, Leeds. My thanks to Book Aid for making a copy of this public domain book available for digitiation.

George Gillanders Findlay [1849-1919], The Epistles to the Thessalonians with Introduction and Map. The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1894. Hbk. pp.183. [Click to visit the download page]

Table of Contents

Preface

I. Introduction:

Chapter I. The City of Thessalonica

Chapter II. How the Gospel Came to Thessalonica

Chapter III. The Gospel of Paul at Thessalonica

Chapter IV. The Occasion of the Two Epistles

Chapter V. The Style and Character of the Two Epistles

Chapter VI. Analysis and Digest of the Epistles

II. Text and Notes

III. Appendix. On the Man of Lawlessness

IV. Index

Introduction. The City of the Thessalonians

Most of the ancient cities in which St Paul laboured have in the course of ages either perished or sunk into insignificance. Rome still remains, “the eternal city,” holding a unique place amongst the world’s great capitals. And along with Rome, though in a far inferior position, Thessalonica has retained its identity and its importance throughout the immense changes of the last two thousand years.

The town first appears in Greek history under the name of Therma,–so called from the warm mineral springs in its vicinity. Its later designation was given to it by Cassander, who on seizing the vacant throne of Alexander the Great in Macedonia married his sister Thessalonica. Her name was, no doubt, a memorial of some victory gained by her father Philip of Macedon over his neighbours in Thessaly.

Founding a new city upon this site in 315 B.C., the usurper called it after his high born wife. Cassander’s foundation rapidly grew into a place of commercial and political consequence…

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