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Title: Paul's Paraenetic Strategy of Example and Imitation in 1-2 Thessalonians
Author(s): BENNEMA, Cornelis
Journal: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Volume: 98    Issue: 2   Date: 2022   
Pages: 219-238
DOI: 10.2143/ETL.98.2.3290789

Abstract :
The Thessalonian correspondence makes several references to imitation but there is no scholarly consensus about its content and function. This study examines the role of example and imitation in Paul’s strategy for the moral formation of the Thessalonian church. Our findings show that example and imitation are key aspects of Paul’s paraenetic approach to shape the lives of the Thessalonian believers and that imitating Paul’s (and Christ’s) lifestyle of self-giving holds together the relevant texts in 1-2 Thessalonians. This study also illustrates that imitation can be mediated through other means than direct observation.

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