2 Thessalonians (New Testament Readings) by Maarten J.J. Menken

By Maarten J.J. Menken

During this lucid divulge the second one letter to the Thessalonians is approached from a ancient viewpoint. The letter is learn as a part of a strategy of communique among its sender and the unique addressees, making it available to the trendy reader.2 Thessalonians incorporates a translation of the fast Greek textual content; an old exam of the letter's style, authorship and spiritual milieu; an creation to apocalyptic eschatology and an intensive remark 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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Chr. Schmidt published his ‘Vermutungen über die beiden Briefe an die Thessalonicher’ (Schmidt’s text can be found in Trilling 1972:159–61). 1–12, and concluded that the latter passage was a subsequent insertion into a Pauline letter. After Schmidt, others drew from the observation of differences in eschatology the conclusion that 2 Thessalonians in its entirety had not been written by Paul, but by another writer under Paul’s name in the time after Paul. In so far as there are no cogent reasons to doubt the integrity of 2 Thessalonians (cf.

26 The setting of 2 Thessalonians The quest for a precise rhetorical pattern in letters is in itself a legitimate enterprise, but in the case of 2 Thessalonians it does not lead to significant results. The affinity between the pattern of 2 Thessalonians and the rhetorical pattern can be explained by the fact that 2 Thessalonians is a letter in which a sender tries to persuade the addressees to certain convictions and actions. 1), Paul wrote this letter, along with his co-workers Silvanus and Timothy.

For the sake of simplicity I shall use masculine pronouns to refer to the unknown author who claims to be Paul. THE ESCHATOLOGY OF 2 TH ESSALONIANS There is indeed some difference between the eschatological ideas of 1 Thessalonians and those of 2 Thessalonians, but Schmidt’s description of it is not quite exact. 1–4, Paul expects the coming of Christ to occur very The author of 2 Thessalonians 29 soon, at any rate still in his own lifetime, and he anticipates that it will be a sudden event. In 2 Thessalonians, there is no question of a denial of an imminent or sudden coming.

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