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§ 4. 2 Thessalonians 2

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This chapter describes the malady affecting the Thessalonians and the means that Paul uses to cure this malady. Since the study of both can help us "to find out what was Paul's method in proclaiming the good news. ", the chapter investigates the "intellectual element" in Paul's preaching. The Thessalonians are evidently in danger of taking leave of their senses. In contrast to the description of the Thessalonians as those "who have let their imagination rather than their reason dictate their understanding of the Parousia", the voȗs referred to here must therefore be understood as "the regulative intellectual faculty". Paul's charge against the Thessalonian Christians is precisely this, that they have let the "intellectual element" which was contained in the previous apostolic preaching be blotted out and have abandoned it.

Keywords: Paul's preaching; Thessalonians

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