Rather than trying to say everything there is to say about the two New Testament epistles 1 & 2 Thessalonians
, Ascough narrates the founding of the Christ group in the ancient city of Thessalonike and examines how the two letters reflect the continuation of the relationship between that group and what he calls the "Paul party.
Our reading from 2 Thessalonians
provides an interesting challenge to the various understandings of Scripture as the inspired word of God.
Readings from Malachi 4 verses 1-2 and 2 Thessalonians
3 verses 6-13 were by Carolyn Hansom.
His six chapters describe (1) the formation of the Pauline corpus, (2) the pseudepigraphic letters (Colossians, Ephesians, 2 Thessalonians
, the Pastorals, and the non-canonical 3 Corinthians, Letters to Laodicea and Alexandria, and the correspondence between Paul and Seneca), (3) Paul's influence on the Epistolary tradition in early Christianity (Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1 Clement, Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp and Dionysius of Corinth), (4) The Narrative Tradition (Acts and different Acta Apostolorum, Apocalypses and the Pseudo-Clementines, (5) Representatives of Anti-Paulinism (Matthew, Hegesippus, etc.
Haggai 1:15b - 2:9; Psalm 17:1-9; 2 Thessalonians
2:1-5,13-17; Luke 20:27-38
In the Ephesians through 2 Thessalonians
paraphrases, Erasmus stresses the image of the church as a body with Christ as head to which the members with their varied gifts are united, an image that proved central to his proclivity toward accommodation.
He had known personal heartaches but lived by the promise of 2 Thessalonians
2: "Now may our Lord Jesus Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation, and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.
Closer to Paul's ways of thinking are Ephesians, Colossians, and 2 Thessalonians
, which someone wrote in Paul's name--and therefore with his authority.
The exegetical portion of this study deals with all the Pauline letters in the following order: 1 & 2 Thessalonians
, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Romans, Colossians, Ephesians, Philippians, and the Pastoral Epistles.
Precept Bible Studies - Registration is under way for an 8-week Bible study on 2 Thessalonians
to be held Tuesdays from noon to 2:15 p.
An earlier cluster of exegetes consisting of Ambrosiaster, Theodore of Mopsuestia, Pelagius, and Jerome took the literal, "imminent" tack: they understood 2 Thessalonians
to be warning of Antichrist's advent in the near, albeit not precisely determinable, future.
Paul tells in 2 Thessalonians
, "unless the apostasy comes first (2:3) and in Romans that "a hardening has come upon part of Israel, until the full number of the gentiles come in, and so all Israel will be saved" (11:25-26).