By Maarten J.J. Menken
During this lucid disclose the second one letter to the Thessalonians is approached from a old point of view. 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 features 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 intensive statement at the letter.
Maarten Menken's e-book will attract theologians, ministers of faith, scholars of theology and all these attracted to religious study.
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13–14). 15–28). Here we have, first, mysterious revelation in Daniel’s dream, and then its explanation by the angelus interpres, the ‘interpreting angel’. The same pattern is found in Daniel 8, while in Daniel 9 the mysterious revelation consists in words of the prophet Jeremiah (Jer. 10), which the angel explains; in Daniel 10–12 the revelation is entirely given in words of the angel. 22). 21). 5). Eschatology is not the only topic of the apocalypses. First of all, the view of the ‘last things’ is frequently coupled in the apocalypses with a view of the preceding history.
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. It is most improbable that ‘our letter’ here indicates 2 Thessalonians itself, because ‘our letter’ is parallel with ‘our word’, which refers to Paul’s oral preaching to the Thessalonians.
It is astonishing that Paul does not react more passionately against the real or presumed forgery. There are no signs in Paul’s letters that there was any question of forged letters already during his lifetime. If we assume, also on the presupposition of Pauline authorship, that Paul aims at a letter which he really wrote but which was wrongly interpreted, the question arises as to why Paul does not express himself more clearly. 2 implies some difficulties if we presuppose Pauline authorship of 2 Thessalonians.