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Quizzing the New Testament : 1 Thessalonians
Thessalonians (I and II)
"This quiz is part of a series looking at the books of the New Testament. Paul's letter to the Thessalonians gives insights into missionary work and a newly formed church, at one of the earliest stages of Christian development. Come and step inside."
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Paul's opening greeting reveals that he is not writing alone but alongside two others, who had been his travelling companions when he visited Thessalonica. Who are these men?
Peter and Andrew
Silas and Timothy
James and John
Mark and Apollos
Modern scholarship generally accepts 1 Thessalonians to be which of the following?
The shortest of Paul's letters
The earliest book of the New Testament to be written
Written not before but after 2 Thessalonians
A Jewish forgery
"You know, brothers, that our visit to you was not a failure. We had previously suffered and been insulted in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in spite of strong opposition." (1 Thessalonians 2 v. 1-2)
Paul's letter is rooted in his visit to Thessalonica and his desire to return to the area. What, previously, had happened to him in Philippi?
His possessions were stolen
He was accused of being a chauvinistic misogynist
He was beaten and imprisoned
He was stoned
Paul feels a need to defend himself against charges of preaching for the wrong motives. What does he NOT say about the appeal he made to the Thessalonians?
His sole desire was to prove the Jews wrong.
There was no trickery involved.
It did not arise from error.
He did not act from impure motives.
Paul also quotes which happening as evidence that God really had been involved in his preaching to the Thessalonians?
That the synagogue had physically shaken
That Paul had preached for four hours without notes
That it was accompanied with power and conviction
That even women had been converted
Paul had been longing to return to Thessalonica. Who does he say has prevented him from doing so?
The local governor
Instead, Paul has sent Timothy to Thessalonica. What report has Timothy brought back?
That the church has slipped into heresy
That the church is virtually wiped out
Good news about their faith and love
A refusal to welcome Paul again
In chapters 4 and 5, Paul moves on to talk about practical Christian living, particularly geared towards the Gentile background of most of his audience. Which of the following does he say they should learn to control?
Their appetites for food
The Thessalonians are clearly awaiting the second coming of Jesus. What phrase does Paul use to reinforce the point that nobody, apart from God, knows when this is going to happen?
Jesus will come when his Dad tells him.
Jesus will come like a thief in the night.
God has the date circled in his diary.
It will happen when the hourglass sands run out.
The letter closes with a list of bullet points - very short injunctions. Three of these are grouped together as "God's will for you in Christ Jesus". Which of the following is not among them?
Be joyful always
Strive against the devil's hand within you
Give thanks in all circumstances
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