By Maarten J.J. Menken
During this lucid reveal the second one letter to the Thessalonians is approached from a historic point of view. The letter is learn as a part of a strategy of verbal exchange among its sender and the unique addressees, making it obtainable to the trendy reader.2 Thessalonians encompasses a translation of the fast Greek textual content; an ancient exam of the letter's style, authorship and spiritual milieu; an advent to apocalyptic eschatology and an in depth remark at the letter.Maarten Menken's ebook will attract theologians, ministers of faith, scholars of theology and all these attracted to religious study.
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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. 1: ‘The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants what must happen soon’). In our language, the words apocalyptic and apocalypse have a double meaning.
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. 15). 6). 7–10).
That letters sometimes display the pattern of speeches does not necessarily mean that the senders of these letters had read a rhetorical handbook (although it is possible that they did); it means that oral and written efforts to persuade people have many things in common, and that is only what one would expect. Analysis of early Christian letters in terms of ancient rhetoric has yielded results that are sometimes interesting but not always conclusive. A good example is the analysis of Paul’s letter to the Galatians: according to one scholar, it has been composed to conform to the rules for a judicial speech (Betz 1979), but according to another, it should be characterized as a deliberative speech (Smit 1989).