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Over or under represented?

Representation is important. If you see someone like you doing something you didn’t think was possible for someone like you then you start to think, ‘why not me?’ And more of that kind of thing begets more of that kind of thing. That’s been the case for gender, race and now sexuality. When a group is (or even just feels) disadvantaged there is something very powerful in seeing someone who represents you break new ground. I’m a white, western, male so I’ve always had role models in almost every conceivable…

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How big was Thessalonica?

I don’t suppose this question has ever particularly troubled you (leave a comment if it has) but it has bothered me. We’ve recently begun studying the book of 1 Thessalonians and so I’ve been boning up. The majority of my reference books and commentaries (not all of them mention population) all quote a similar figure. They (Thomas & Mayhue for example) think that Paul, Silas & Timothy would have found a city  of around 200,000. The figure is just simply stated. So you just have to accept that they know…

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