Thursday, July 16, 2009

David deSilva on 2 Thess 2.1-12

In his NT Intro, David deSilva has come good comments about the exhortation in 2 Thess 2.1-12:

"Second Thessalonians 2:1-12 is not merely about eschatological information, however. It plays a strategic part in shaping the outlook of the converts who heard it. It has a rhetorical function and social effect that we could easily overlook. Apocalypses and the invocation of apocalyptic topics often have as their goal the clarification of the cosmic significance of the choices and alliances people make in the here and now. While speaking of future and other worldly realities, these apocalypses also shape the hearer’s perception of the present, this worldly realities" (p. 547).

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