When Students Started To Doubt It Was Genuine – The Bart Ehrman Weblog


Since I’m in Greece (beginning out in Thessaloniki) I’ve begun reposting some blogs from 5 years in the past linked with the Second Letter to the Thessalonians, which claims to be written by Paul however seems to have been written as a substitute by another person who wished his readers to *suppose* he was Paul.  My final submit gave the guts of the matter from my commerce e book for a normal viewers, Cast: Writing within the Identify of God – Why The Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Suppose They Are.

Within the subsequent a number of posts I’ll present how I handle the identical query for students, in my scholarly monograph, Forgery and Counterforgery: The Use of Literary Deceit in Early Christian Polemics.   I believed this is able to be price doing for 2 causes.  First, I’d such as you to know – when you’re – what the complete reasoning behind the frequent essential view of two Thessalonians is, that’s, what the actually persuasive arguments are.   A few of these are lengthy and sophisticated and never simply simplified for a lay viewers.  And so I didn’t strive in my in style e book!    Second, I believed it might be fascinating to point out, by means of instance, how a scholarly method to a query like this differs from a well-liked method.  I’ve already proven the latter and now I’ll present the previous.

It will take a number of posts.  I hope you don’t discover them in any respect offputting.  This primary one is just not overly technical and ought to be accessible, I feel.   The others are fairly so (we’re not speaking nuclear physics right here), however they’re not the type of factor you’re gonna discover in Barnes & Noble.  In my scholarly dialogue, I do on the outset what students are likely to do: give a quick account of the historical past of scholarship on the query.  That is what I say there (Observe:  for the sake of comfort, I’ve not included the footnotes – which, amongst different issues, present the German quotations of the unique sources; if you would like the actually full monty, simply get the e book!):


Historical past of the Query

Issues linked to the authenticity of two Thessalonians had been first acknowledged by J. C. Chr. Schmidt in 1801.  Schmidt identified that 1 Thessalonians is a letter allegedly by Paul that maintains that the top is imminent, whereas 2 Thessalonians warns towards a letter allegedly by Paul that maintained that the top is imminent (2:2). How might one clarify this example? If 1 Thessalonians had been written first, did Paul not bear in mind what he had written by the point he wrote 2 Thessalonians? If, conversely, 2 Thessalonians had been written first, did Paul not keep in mind that he warned his readers towards exactly the views that he now embraced within the second letter? “In any case, it stays puzzling why he described in a single letter the looks of Christ as close to, and within the different warned to not anticipate it as being close to.”

Schmidt considers the apparent potentialities that…



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