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The Two Thanksgivings of 2 Thess. 1:3ff. and 2:13f.

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The introductory thanksgivings of 2 Thessalonians have linguistic, stylistic and structural similarities with the thanksgiving period of 1 Thessalonians. The thanksgivings of 2 Thessalonians, anticipating that the first has an epistolary, didactic and paraenetic function as well as giving evidence of Paul's pastoral concern, while the second is specifically related to the problematic passage about the man of lawlessness. The opening thanksgiving period of 2 Thessalonians functions as an introduction to the body of the letter, while its counterpart in 1 Thessalonians constitutes the main body of that letter. The limits of the thanksgiving period are set at the end of v. 14, and the meaning of this second passage is to be sought, not in relation to the words which follow-as so many commentators suppose-but with reference to the preceding statements. The Thessalonians' remarkable progress in faith and love was the reason for the apostle's emphatic prayer of thanksgiving.

Keywords: apostle; faith; Paul; thanksgivings of 2 Thessalonians



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