2 Thessalonians: Facing the End with Sobriety (New Testament 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 historic 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 trendy reader.
2 Thessalonians contains a translation of the fast Greek textual content; an ancient exam of the letter's style, authorship and spiritual milieu; an creation to apocalyptic eschatology and an intensive remark at the letter.
Maarten Menken's ebook will entice theologians, ministers of faith, scholars of theology and all these attracted to religious study.

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In early Christian literature, we find it not only in the Book of Revelation, but also in other writings; for instance, Mark 13 (and its parallels in Matthew and Luke) and the sixteenth chapter of the Didache (‘Teaching of the Apostles’). As said above, 2 Thessalonians is also supposed to contain apocalyptic eschatology. Closer consideration of the writings in which apocalyptic eschatology is found reveals that within the overall scheme drawn above, many variations are possible. The interest of the writer can be focused on the fate of the people or on the fate of the individual, on a coming age on earth or in heaven; the coming age can be depicted in material or in spiritual terms, as a renewal of the present age or as the creation of something entirely different, and between all these extremes, various intermediate positions are possible.

How must we locate the way of speaking about God and man that we meet in this letter among the religious movements that we find in the Mediterranean at the beginning of our era? It is obvious that we have to look here in the first place to the variegated world of early Judaism and early Christianity. Maybe such an effort to connect 2 Thessalonians with well-known religious attitudes of mind, together with some of our earlier findings, can help us in determining as closely as possible the place and date of composition of the letter.

11 (rev. 1–12. 9: in these instances, a longer sequence of words is almost entirely identical in the two letters. There are of course several points of agreement which are not very impressive when taken in isolation, but one should pay attention to the cumulative impact of major and minor similarities. It should also be pointed out that the large majority of the similarities cannot simply be explained by a similarity of subject- The author of 2 Thessalonians 39 matter; such a similarity would not in itself lead to identical expressions and phrases.

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