By Maarten J.J. Menken
During this lucid disclose the second one letter to the Thessalonians is approached from a ancient viewpoint. The letter is learn as a part of a technique of verbal exchange among its sender and the unique addressees, making it obtainable to the trendy reader.
2 Thessalonians encompasses a translation of the fast Greek textual content; an old 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 bible study.
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Anyhow, 1 Thessalonians makes the impression of being the first contact by letter 28 The setting of 2 Thessalonians between Paul and the Thessalonian church after his founding visit there. The attribution to Paul was generally accepted until the beginning of the nineteenth century. E. 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.
The recent publications of Müller 1988:7–10; Laub 1990; Collins 1990). 4, 6–15; see also the next section). 10–15). One could be tempted to use these other theological differences as well in deciding on the question of Pauline authorship. This is, however, risky from a methodological point of view. These differences are not immediately visible, but they are the result of a certain amount of interpretation; the very limited size of the letter (only forty-seven verses) makes it difficult to verify such interpretation.
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.