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By Maarten J.J. Menken

ISBN-10: 0415095042

ISBN-13: 9780415095044

During this lucid disclose the second one letter to the Thessalonians is approached from a historic viewpoint. The letter is learn as a part of a means of conversation 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 advent to apocalyptic eschatology and an intensive remark at the letter.
Maarten Menken's booklet will attract theologians, ministers of faith, scholars of theology and all these attracted to bible study.

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17 in another way. For them, these verses, taken together, imply that the author of 2 Thessalonians wants to put his letter in the place of 1 Thessalonians. 17: in 1 Thessalonians, such a greeting in Paul’s own handwriting is missing (see in recent times Lindemann 1977; Laub 1990; in a somewhat different form Marxsen 1982:28–36). 15; in the most obvious interpretation of this verse, the letter in which the addressees were taught certain traditions is precisely 1 Thessalonians. It also breaks down on another point.

1 Thess. 1–5). 11). 1–13). 5). The tone of 2 Thessalonians is much more formal and distant. 13 (‘We thank God’; cf. 9), but expressions of the obligation to give thanks (‘We are bound to thank God’, 2 Thess. 13). 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.

First of all, the view of the ‘last things’ is frequently coupled in the apocalypses with a view of the preceding history. In Daniel 7, for instance, the four beasts represent history up to the time of writing of the apocalypse, which is the time of the persecution of the Jews under the Syrian King Antiochus Epiphanes (175–164 BCE) and his desecration of the temple in Jerusalem (168 BCE); the destruction of the fourth beast and the giving of the kingdom to the saints of the Most High are still expected to happen in the very near future.

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