Bible crossword puzzle: 1 and 2 Thessalonians

Bible puzzle 21: Based on material in chapter 27 of Discovering the Bible by Alex Varughese

Challenge: Can you solve this puzzle even if you do not have the book by Varughese?

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This crossword puzzle was created for use in Introduction to Biblical Literature. The words and clues come from the textbook Discovering the Bible: Story and Faith of the Biblical Communities edited by Alex Varughese and published by Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, now called The Foundry.

    -- Howard Culbertson,

Takeaways from Paul's two letters to the Thessalonians

  • Encouragement in Persecution: In both letters, Paul encourages the Thessalonian believers to stand firm in the face of persecution and hardship. He reminds them that suffering is to be expected for those who follow Christ but assures them of God's faithfulness and the hope of Christ's return.
  • Instruction on Christian Living: Paul provides practical instructions for Christian living, including exhortations to love one another, live in holiness, and work diligently. He emphasizes the importance of maintaining a good reputation among outsiders and warns against idleness and disorder within the community.
  • Eschatological Hope: Paul addresses questions and concerns about the return of Christ and the end times. He assures the Thessalonians that those who have died in Christ will be raised to new life, and he provides insight into the events surrounding Christ's return, including the coming of the "man of lawlessness" and the final judgment.
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