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Doel van 1 en 2 Tessalonicenzen: Meer overeenkomst dan verschil

D. Visser, F.P. Viljoen, F.J. van Rensburg
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 36, No 4 | a528 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v36i4.528 | © 2002 D. Visser, F.P. Viljoen, F.J. van Rensburg | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 August 2002 | Published: 06 August 2002

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D. Visser, Skool vir Bybelwetenskappe en Bybeltale, Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO, South Africa
F.P. Viljoen, Skool vir Bybelwetenskappe en Bybeltale, Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO, South Africa
F.J. van Rensburg, Skool vir Bybelwetenskappe en Bybeltale, Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO, South Africa

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Abstract

Purpose of 1 and 2 Thessalonians. More similarities than differences

This article examines the purpose of 1 and 2 Thessalonians. In the first half of both letters Paul thanks God for the faith, love and hope of the Thessalonians. In 1 Thessalonians Paul expresses his love for the readers with the purpose of strengthening his relationship with them. In 2 Thessalonians, written shortly after 1 Thessalonians, he seemingly do not regard it as necessary to repeat the nature of this relationship with the Thessalonians. In his first letter he calls the Thessalonians to a life of sanctification. In 2 Thessalonians he did likewise in his exhortation to the busy bodies (3:11). In both letters Paul writes repeatedly and extensively about the parousia, especially in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:1-11, and in 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10 and 2:1-12. However, Paul’s intention in writing these passages is not to explain the nature of the parousia, but to emphasize the aspect of paraclesis from the perspective of the parousia.

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Paraclesis-1 & 2 Thess; Parousia-1 & 2 Thess; Purpose Of Thessalonians 1; Purpose Of Thessalonians 2

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