Podcast 1.2: The Situation at Thessalonica (1 Thessalonians)

This second episode looks at the situation among followers of Jesus at Thessalonica in Macedonia in the mid-first century. Considering the ethnic and social makeup of the earliest Christians, this episode also discusses two main problems faced by these followers of Jesus: “afflictions” and the death of fellow-followers of Jesus. This prepares the way for episode three, which will look at how Paul responds to this situation in his letter, known as 1 Thessalonians in the New Testament (approx. 36 minutes). This episode is part of series one (“Paul and his Communities”) of the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast.

Podcast 1.2: The Situation at Thessalonica (1 Thessalonians) (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here).

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One thought on “Podcast 1.2: The Situation at Thessalonica (1 Thessalonians)

  1. Winfriede Stolpmann

    Thank you very much for delivering your lecture on the historical background of Pauls letter to the Thessalonians. However I missed some remark on the local “Caribus cult” of the Thessalonians in connection with the hope of restitution of justice und national independence. The romans proclaimed that Caesar was the real “Caribus”. In this way the romans had taken over that hope and centering it in Augustus ect. Damit haben die Römer die Hoffnung der Thessalonicher “enteignet” – as we would express it in german. You may commend on that.

    Winfried Stolpmann

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