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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 conversation among its sender and the unique addressees, making it available 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 spiritual milieu; an creation 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 bible study.

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22–53; 2 Cor. 1–5). 10–12. Is this difference in eschatological outlook between 2 Thessalonians on the one hand and 1 Thessalonians (and other letters of Paul) on the other an argument to deny Pauline authorship of 2 Thessalonians? I believe that this difference alone is not a sufficient argument, but that it may be an argument in combination with other pieces of evidence. When we consider Paul’s ideas on the resurrection of the faithful at the eschaton (see 1 Thess. 15–17; 1 Cor. 22–53; 2 Cor.

This practice no doubt advanced the existence and acceptance of pseudonymous letters (Doty 1973:6–7; Stowers 1986: 32–3). Another factor that exerted influence in the same direction was that in ancient philosophical schools, the disciples of a philosopher published their own writings under the name of their master. This was not considered as forgery, but as an expression of recognition: the disciples demonstrated in this way that their wisdom derived from their master, and that they only made his teaching topical for their own time.

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. It is, of course, possible that an author might change his tone in a second letter to the same addressee because the addressee has in the meantime displayed undesirable ideas or conduct, but it is not very probable that all this happens in a very short time span. The difference of tone per se is not a sufficient reason to deny Pauline authorship to 2 Thessalonians, but in combination with other factors, it has some weight.

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