n In die Skriflig - Doel van 1 en 2 Tessalonicenzen. Meer overeenkomst dan verschil : research article

Volume 36, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1018-6441
  • E-ISSN: 2305-0853


<b>Purpose of 1 and 2 Thessalonians. More similarities than differences</b> <br>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.

<b>Doel van 1 en 2 Tessalonisense. Meer ooreenkoms as verskil</b> <br>In hierdie artikel word die doel van 1 en 2 Tessalonisense ondersoek. In die eerste helfte van albei briewe dank Paulus God vir die geloof, liefde en hoop van die Tessalonisense. In 1 Tessalonisense vermeld Paulus sy liefde vir die lesers om die verhouding tussen hom en hulle te versterk. In 2 Tessalonisense, wat kort daarna geskryf is, het hy dit kennelik nie nodig geag om die aard van sy verhouding met die Tessalonisense te herhaal nie. In 1 Tessalonisense roep hy die lesers op tot heiligmaking; in 2 Tessalonisense herhaal hy hy dit in sy oproep tot die "bemoeisiekes" (3 : 11). In albei briewe skryf Paulus herhaaldelik en uitvoerig oor die parousia (terugkeer van Jesus), veral in 1 Tessalonissense 4 : 13-18 en 5 : 1-11 en 2 Tessalonissense 1 : 5-10 en 2 : 1-12. Paulus het egter nie die briewe geskryf om die aard van die parousia te verduidelik nie, maar om die aspek van paraklese te benadruk vanuit die perspektief van die parousia.

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