1.1.2 The self-understanding of the communities as reflected in the prescript of 1 Thessalonians
Paul addresses the recipients as “The ἐκκλησία of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”. Although ἐκκλησία is translated “church” it is literally a gathering or assembly. The Old Testament background is probably the gathering at Sinai at the moment the People were constituted, and also their later festive gatherings.
Paul again, three verses later, uses terms that identify them as God’s chosen People, lovingly elected by himself.
This will form the context and basis for 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 as will discussed later.
Updated 2009-09-27 (build:50) by Andrew Fountain