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

By Maarten J.J. Menken

During this lucid reveal the second one letter to the Thessalonians is approached from a ancient point of view. The letter is learn as a part of a technique of communique among its sender and the unique addressees, making it obtainable to the trendy reader.
2 Thessalonians incorporates a translation of the fast Greek textual content; an historic exam of the letter's style, authorship and spiritual milieu; an advent to apocalyptic eschatology and an intensive statement 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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1–15). That is why the author of 2 Thessalonians used 1 Thessalonians as his model to such a degree that he even created a The author of 2 Thessalonians 43 letter purportedly addressed to precisely the same church of Thessalonica. We can conclude that the unknown author of 2 Thessalonians posed as Paul because he considered his letter as an authentic reinterpretation of 1 Thessalonians in a situation in which some people considered this letter as a confirmation of their conviction that the day of the Lord had arrived.

In what follows, I shall try to set out and to assess these arguments. If 2 Thessalonians is found not to have been written by Paul, we shall have to look for an answer to the question as to why its author passes himself off as Paul. 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.

The adjective ‘apocalyptic’ derives from the noun ‘apocalypse’, which is the anglicized version of the Greek word apokalupsis, ‘revelation’, from the verb apokaluptein, ‘to reveal’. Apocalyptic and apocalypse have entered our language through the title of the last book of the Bible, the Apocalypse or Revelation of John. The Apocalypse of John explores what will happen at the end of the The milieu of 2 Thessalonians 45 world, an end which John, the author of this book, considers as impending (see Rev.

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