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By Colin R. Nicholl

Colin R. Nicholl examines the occasions giving upward push to every Thessalonian Epistle to figure out how the 2 relate traditionally. His e-book offers a compelling speculation, arguing that the 2 letters mirror levels of a unmarried difficulty plaguing a lately shaped Greek Church, (which spiralled from wish into depression as a result of confusion in regards to the "end" time.) This monograph is the main updated and entire account of the Thessalonian Epistles presently to be had.

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26 Hence the value of this argument from signs versus suddenness/imminence is also ultimately dependent on the analysis of the situations underlying 1 and 2 Thessalonians, which is the task of this book. The problem of 2 Thess. 2:2 and 3:17 In their attempts to determine what 2 Thess. 2:2 and 3:17 (to which we might add 2:15) reveal about the relationship between 1 and 2 Thessalonians, scholars have come up with the following hypotheses: (1) the authentic 2 Thessalonians actually preceded 1 Thessalonians;27 (2) the problem underlying the authentic 2 Thessalonians may have been caused by a misunderstanding or misrepresentation of 1 Thessalonians;28 (3) the pseudonymous 2 Thessalonians was intended to complement 1 Thessalonians, a misunderstanding or misrepresentation of which had led to the problem giving rise to 2 Thessalonians;29 (4) the pseudonymous 2 Thessalonians was designed to discredit 1 Thessalonians as a forgery and to undermine what the author of 2 Thessalonians regarded as the heretical over-imminentist eschatological expectation of 1 Thessalonians, which Reaffirmation of The Threat to Faith’, in TC (henceforth ‘Reread’) and ‘2 Thessalonians’; Menken, Thessalonians, 34; Richard, Thessalonians.

11:25; (3) 1 Cor. 10:1; (4) 1 Cor. 12:1; and (5) 2 Cor. 1:8. The question which must be addressed is, are there any examples in Paul’s letters where the expression does not imply prior ignorance? We suggest that a substantial case can be made that each of these instances implies previous ignorance on the part of the letter’s recipients. Concerning (1) and (2), there is no reason to question the formula’s natural implication that the Romans had been ignorant regarding Paul’s repeated, failed attempts to visit them (Rom.

581; Wanamaker, Thessalonians, 169–70. 31 So W. H. D. thesis, University of Aberdeen, 1979), 129–30; Johanson, Brethren, 121–2 n. 581 (building on L. Hartman, Prophecy Interpreted (ConBNT; Lund: Gleerup, 1966), 186–7). 32 Plevnik, Parousia, 74. 30 From Hope to Despair of Jesus at his parousia-descent. This interpretation becomes compelling when adequate attention is given to the parallel in LXX Zech. 14:5: kaª ¤xei kÅriov ¾ qe»v moukaª p†ntev o¬ Œgioi metì autoÓ. There we find the verb ¤kw used eschatologically of the coming down of Yahweh, where Yahweh is the subject and his ‘holy ones’ are said to accompany him.

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