Second Epistle to the Thessalonians

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The second letter of Paul to the Thessalonians, is a book of the New Testament. It is divided into three chapters since the Middle Ages.


The letter indicates, to have been written by the Apostle Paul. Doubts as to the Pauline authorship were first raised at the beginning of the 19th century (FC Baur and others). William Wrede tried to prove the first, the second Epistle to the Thessalonians from 1 Thessalonians is literarily dependent, and thus was not written by Paul. The opinions about the authorship are currently divided; Werner Georg Kümmel about looking into the many concerns raised " no reason to doubt the authenticity ," and he holds a place and time of writing Corinth 50/51 is likely. Bart D. Ehrman, however, regarded the letter as a forgery early to correct the eschatological statements of the 1st Thessalonicherbriefs.



The 2nd Thessalonians oriented in form and content strongly on 1 Thessalonians. Differences relate V.A. Thanksgiving, which has been extended to the theme of the oppressiveness of the community and the retributive judicial act of God, and the section 2:1-12. This part has significant differences from other known Pauline theology. Another new feature is the shape of an end-time adversary, the ( unspecified ) from a power is retained. The author describes in the style of apocalyptic descriptions of a kind of " eschatological timetable " from which he believes he 'll be watching. Nevertheless, the plan of God is not simply described as apparently, there is still the " mystery of iniquity " ( 2:7). Interesting and controversial the issue, as the author of 2 Thessalonians themselves wanted to see his relationship to 1 Thessalonians (cf. 2 Thess 2:2): he wanted to have changed their eschatological imagination " correct " misinterpretations of these 1Thess or even displace with the claim that the actual " Thessalonians " to be (Andreas Lindemann )?


From the second the Thessalonians again, voiced by politicians sentence is: "Who does not work, neither should he eat " (2 Thess 3:10). He touched on, among other things, in the Constitution of the USSR. Sometimes the sentence against the Pauline original was modified by the moment of the will ( "Who does not want to work ...") was omitted.


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