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Bibil Identifier bibil:224707
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Who Wrote 2 Thessalonians? A Fresh Look at an Old Problem
Author Foster, Paul
Journal Journal for the Study of the New Testament (Volume: 35, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 150-175 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In light of the New Perspective on Paul, recognition of apocalyptic as a central category in Pauline theology, and the crumbling consensus concerning seven authentic epistles of Paul, it is time to reconsider the arguments for the authenticity of his letters. Here the specific question of the authorship of 2 Thessalonians is re-examined. It is noted that many of the standard arguments for or against the authenticity of 2 Thessalonians are either irrelevant or inconclusive. This discussion seeks to reveal the slender evidential basis of certain ‘classic’ arguments against the authenticity of the letter, and also to present some fresh reasons why the epistle should be regarded as written by Paul. The implications of including 2 Thessalonians among the authentic Pauline writings are then examined. In particular, it is suggested that the development in Paul’s thinking as reflected in 2 Thessalonians reveals that his theological formulations developed in response to situations in his fledgling communities. In this regard, Paul’s theological positions emerged through a negotiated response to pressing pastoral situations.
DOI 10.1177/0142064X12462654
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Letters of Paul : Letters to the Thessalonians : 2 Thessalonians
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Devices and Figures : Pseudepigraphy
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