Author: Marina Cull
Date: May 16, 2017
Categories: Bible|Faculty|Theology

Dr. Terence Paige, professor of New Testament at Houghton College, was published in the latest installment in the New Beacon Bible Commentary series.

The book, titled 1 & 2 Thessalonians: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition, is a comprehensive work that offers verse-by-verse explanations of the two early Christian writings. Paige’s commentary helps to clarify Scripture’s meaning by guiding the reader through sociological, religious and cultural issues the original readers faced, in addition to the usual attention to literary and theological features that affect the interpretation of the texts.

Diverse topics such as Christology (the study of the person and work of Jesus Christ), eschatology (the study of humanity’s ultimate end and what God has revealed of the world’s future), mission, ethics, and holy living are touched on in the notes.  Annotations on the practical, modern-day application of the text are also featured throughout the commentary.

While Paige has written multiple articles in Bible dictionaries and academic journals, this is his first published commentary. “I’m really delighted to see my research come to print after many years of work and prayer,” says Paige. These texts were written to persecuted Christians who were a religious minority in a violent, militaristic empire that worshipped power and wealth. It is increasingly apparent how they continue to be the Word of God to Christians both now and throughout the ages until the Lord returns.”

The New Beacon Bible Commentary series is a growing collection of Biblical commentaries written from a Wesleyan perspective. According to Beacon Hill Press, the series’ publisher, “The New Beacon Bible Commentary is an engaging, indispensable reference tool to aid individuals in every walk of life in the study and meditation of God's Word.  Readable, relevant, and academically thorough, it offers scholars, pastors, and laity a new standard for understanding and interpreting the Bible in the 21st century.”