By Maarten J.J. Menken
During this lucid reveal 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 available to the fashionable reader.
2 Thessalonians features a translation of the fast 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 remark at the letter.
Maarten Menken's booklet will attract theologians, ministers of faith, scholars of theology and all these attracted to religious study.
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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.
The survey in Trilling 1987). 2). Two reasons are advanced for assuming a brief interval of time between the two letters. First, in both letters Silvanus is mentioned as co-sender (1 Thess. 1; 2 Thess. 22). Secondly, there is a strong literary similarity between the two letters (it will be discussed below). 15: in the reference to ‘the traditions which you have been taught by us, either by our word or by our letter’, the word ‘letter’ applies very well to 1 Thessalonians, which does not contain such a reference to earlier written correspondence.
Let us now try to read the same verse on the presupposition that 2 Thessalonians was written some time after Paul under Paul’s name. The verse could then refer to a real or presumed forged letter from Paul, although we 34 The setting of 2 Thessalonians still have the problem, in this case, that we possess no other knowledge about such a letter. It is also possible, as we saw, that the author of 2 Thessalonians aims at an existing letter of Paul which was understood in the wrong way. We know that in the time after Paul, there was discussion about the correct understanding of his letters.