By Maarten J.J. Menken
During this lucid disclose the second one letter to the Thessalonians is approached from a old standpoint. The letter is learn as a part of a strategy of conversation among its sender and the unique addressees, making it obtainable to the trendy reader.
2 Thessalonians contains a translation of the quick Greek textual content; an historic exam of the letter's style, authorship and spiritual milieu; an advent to apocalyptic eschatology and an in depth remark at the letter.
Maarten Menken's ebook will entice theologians, ministers of faith, scholars of theology and all these attracted to religious study.
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Extra resources for 2 Thessalonians: Facing the End with Sobriety (New Testament Readings)
17 has parallels in other letters of Paul or those ascribed to Paul (1 Cor. 21; Gal. 11; Col. 18; Philem. 17 is missing. Precisely on account of this emphasis, which seems to be a bit too much of a good thing, there is some reason to consider the verse as speaking against Pauline authorship, but it is evident that it can only be taken thus in addition to other, stronger indications. 2 has its problems. 17 in another way. For them, these verses, taken together, imply that the author of 2 Thessalonians wants to put his letter in the place of 1 Thessalonians.
2). Two reasons are advanced for assuming a brief interval of time between the two letters. First, in both letters Silvanus is mentioned as co-sender (1 Thess. 1; 2 Thess. 22). Secondly, there is a strong literary similarity between the two letters (it will be discussed below). 15: in the reference to ‘the traditions which you have been taught by us, either by our word or by our letter’, the word ‘letter’ applies very well to 1 Thessalonians, which does not contain such a reference to earlier written correspondence.
2 Thessalonians has a prescript and a proem which are, as the introduction to the letter, comparable to the exordium of a speech; and it is only to be expected that the letter-body, in which the sender tries to demonstrate that the unrest caused by the message that ‘the day of the Lord’ has come is unjustified, shows affinity to a probatio. However, we do not gain very much by putting such labels on parts of the letter. In the case of 2 Thessalonians, rhetorical analysis does not get us much further than the barely thought-out thematic divisions of the letter that were given by many earlier 2 Thessalonians as a letter 25 commentators.
2 Thessalonians: Facing the End with Sobriety (New Testament Readings) by Maarten J.J. Menken