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Bibil Identifier bibil:222592
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) 'Peace and Security' (1 Thess 5.3): Prophetic Warning or Political Propaganda?
Author Weima, Jeffrey A.D.
Journal New Testament Studies (Volume: 58, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 331-359 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The phrase ‘Peace and security’ in 1 Thess 5.3 has traditionally been understood as an echo of the OT prophetic warnings (Jer 6.14; Ezek 13.10; Mic 3.5) against false claims of peace. Stronger evidence exists, however, that the apostle is making use of a popular theme of the imperial Roman propaganda machine. The Romans vigorously promoted themselves through various public media as those who provided not only ‘peace’ but also ‘security’, thereby providing a closer parallel to Paul's statement in 5.3 than any OT text. This essay reviews four kinds of evidence—numismatic, monumental, inscriptional and literary—in order to demonstrate in a decisive fashion that the phrase ‘peace and security’ involves an allusion not to prophetic warning but to Roman political propaganda.
DOI 10.1017/S0028688512000045
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Peace
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Numismatics
Pericopes 1 Thessalonians 5,3
Jeremiah 6,14
Ezekiel 13,10
Micah 3-5
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