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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 obtainable to the fashionable reader.2 Thessalonians encompasses a translation of the quick Greek textual content; an ancient exam of the letter's style, authorship and non secular milieu; an creation to apocalyptic eschatology and an in depth observation at the letter.Maarten Menken's booklet will entice theologians, ministers of faith, scholars of theology and all these drawn to bible study.

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It is self-evident that the general pattern of ancient letters, including its relationship to rhetoric, has to be taken into account in such an analysis of the structure of 2 Thessalonians. CONCLUSION The Pauline and almost all Deuteropauline letters—2 Thessalonians probably belongs in the latter category—are letters, that is, occasional writings that function within a relationship between specific people in a specific situation. When we study these letters, many centuries after they were written, we are so to speak overhearing part of a dialogue between first-century Christians, and we are consequently confronted with problems of understanding.

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.

In the environment in which the letter originated, such, to our standards ‘false’, attributions of a writing to a great figure from the past were not uncommon. In the world of early Judaism and early Christianity, pseudonymity was often used when old traditions of revelation were interpreted anew. The attribution of the reinterpretation to the person at the origin of the tradition is tantamount to the assertion that the reinterpreting text is an authentic application of the authoritative tradition to a new situation.

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