By Maarten J.J. Menken

ISBN-10: 0415095050

ISBN-13: 9780415095051

During this lucid reveal the second one letter to the Thessalonians is approached from a ancient standpoint. The letter is learn as a part of a means of communique among its sender and the unique addressees, making it obtainable to the fashionable reader.2 Thessalonians contains a translation of the quick Greek textual content; an ancient exam of the letter's style, authorship and non secular milieu; an creation to apocalyptic eschatology and an intensive remark at the letter.Maarten Menken's e-book will attract theologians, ministers of faith, scholars of theology and all these attracted to bible study.

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The latter qualification implies a negative moral judgment, and we shall see that in all probability the author of 2 Thessalonians, and the authors of comparable pseudonymous documents, did not consider their writings as products of fraud. We should try to assess such writings by the standards that were accepted in the environment in which they originated. The author of 2 Thessalonians 41 We know that in Greek and Roman education, pupils learned how to write letters, mainly by imitating the style of literary celebrities.

2 Thessalonians as a letter 21 accusing and the apologetic type with judicial rhetoric, and the large majority of the remaining types with epideictic rhetoric. Here and there in rhetorical handbooks the writing of letters is discussed; thus indicating that the ancients saw common elements in letters and speeches. I also refer here to the ancient comparison between a letter and a dialogue, discussed above. That there are parallels between letters and speeches is not very surprising. Both letters and speeches have—at least very often— to do with the art of persuasion; they belong to the category of persuasive literature.

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.

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