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By Maarten J.J. Menken

ISBN-10: 0415095050

ISBN-13: 9780415095051

During this lucid reveal the second one letter to the Thessalonians is approached from a old viewpoint. The letter is learn as a part of a strategy of conversation among its sender and the unique addressees, making it available to the fashionable reader.2 Thessalonians incorporates a translation of the quick Greek textual content; an historic exam of the letter's style, authorship and non secular milieu; an advent to apocalyptic eschatology and an intensive observation at the letter.Maarten Menken's ebook will entice theologians, ministers of faith, scholars of theology and all these attracted to bible study.

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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. It is most improbable that ‘our letter’ here indicates 2 Thessalonians itself, because ‘our letter’ is parallel with ‘our word’, which refers to Paul’s oral preaching to the Thessalonians. If ‘our word’ is something that took place in the past, ‘our letter’ most probably also belongs to the past.

13). 1–5, 13–16) do not sound negative, but they lack the personal touch one meets in the first letter, and the Paul of 2 Thessalonians has apparently rather more to criticize in the congregation than the Paul of 1 Thessalonians (see 2 Thess. 6–12). The author makes repeated use of his authority. 15). 6). 7–10). 12). 14). Such a use of formal authority is not found in 1 Thessalonians. The validity of the argument of the difference in tone should, in my view, be assessed in much the same way as the preceding argument concerning eschatology.

E. a ‘revelation’) presents himself as a hero from Israel’s past; Enoch, Abraham, Moses, Baruch, Ezra and others pose as the authors of writings that were written many centuries after them. So the phenomenon of pseudonymity occurs quite often: how can we explain it? Meade (Meade 1986). In the Old Testament, in early Judaism and in early Christianity, pseudonymity occurs when the need is felt to make old traditions apply to new situations. , Is. , Is. 11); and as in need of interpretation. The latter feature is, as we shall see in the next chapter, particularly prominent in apocalyptic traditions.

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