1 & 2 Thessalonians

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The Photo Companion to the Bible is a unique collection of digital photographs that illustrate the biblical text verse by verse.

  • PowerPoint-based resource
  • Library of images provides broad selection
  • Created by a team of professors and scholars
  • Organized by chapter and verse
  • Each chapter is illustrated by 40–115 photographs
  • Photographs of places and artifacts related to Paul’s Epistles to the Thessalonians
  • Annotations explaining the image selection and background
  • All content easily edited and adapted for your own needs
  • Free lifetime updates
  • Generous copyright permissions
  • Satisfaction guaranteed
Highlights from 1 & 2 Thessalonians:
  • Photos of the archaeological remains of Thessalonica and explanations of the city’s history
  • Discussion of when the epistles were written with images illustrating Paul’s journeys
  • Examples of other ancient letters that give context to Paul’s epistolary format
  • Illustrations demonstrating the nuance of meaning behind key words in 1 & 2 Thessalonians
  • Depictions and explanations of Greco-Roman family dynamics as referenced by Paul
  • Examples of the ambient cultural immorality facing Paul’s audience
  • Photos illustrating the Macedonian churches cared for by the Thessalonians
  • Illustrations of Thessalonica’s local industries, most notably fishing
  • Greco-Roman examples of sleep used as a metaphor for death and artistic depictions of mourning
  • Artifacts and artwork illuminating Paul’s descriptions of the Second Coming, with discussion regarding the man of lawlessness
  • Illustrations of Paul’s (literal) tentmaking ministry and contrasting examples of idleness in Greco-Roman culture

About the authors: Dr. Christian Locatell is a Golda Meir postdoctoral fellow at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr. Kris Udd is a pastor and has a Ph.D. in Old Testament Archaeology from Andrews University. Dr. Steven Anderson is a career Bible scholar and teacher who earned his Ph.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr. Todd Bolen is Professor of Biblical Studies at The Master’s University.

Check out our other volumes in the series: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Psalm 23, Daniel, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, Jude, 1, 2, & 3 John, and Revelation.

Free PowerPoint download: 1 Thessalonians 5 (109 slides)

 This collection is extraordinary! 

“This new collection of images illustrating 1 and 2 Thessalonians is extraordinary! It illuminates not only the archeological setting of Thessalonica and the letters Paul sent to the congregation there, but also the many aspects of everyday life that those letters touch on, including death, sex, money, and work. This wide-ranging and visually powerful collection is an outstanding resource for anyone teaching or researching the Thessalonian letters.

Michael Holmes, Professor of Biblical Studies and Early Christianity Emeritus, Bethel University; author of 1 & 2 Thessalonians in the NIVAC series


 Takes us to the world of the Thessalonians 

“This photo collection takes us to the world of the Thessalonians where the reader can visualize in full color what a letter looks like when a scribe writes it but the author signs it, or tools that Paul might have used at work, or Roman propaganda that they provide “Peace and Safety” to its subjects. Whether you are preaching, teaching, or writing, the Photo Companion to 1–2 Thessalonians will add new texture and depth to your study.”

Gary S. Shogren, PhD in New Testament, Aberdeen University; author of 1 & 2 Thessalonians in the ZECNT series