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Title: A Peg to Hang 1 Thessalonians on?
Subtitle: Nature and Function of 1 Thess 1,9-10
Author(s): PITTA, Antonio
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 101    Issue: 1   Date: 2020   
Pages: 87-106
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.101.1.3287516

Abstract :
1 Thess 1,9-10 is like a peg on which the whole letter hangs. Introduced by preterition (1 Thess 1,8), the passage engenders the four parts of the body of the letter (1 Thess 2,1–5,11). Against those who consider the passage as a pre-Pauline fragment, 1 Thess 1,9-10 is a partitio which sheds new light on the genre of the letter. Rather than a consolatory letter about those who died between Paul’s first entry into Thessalonica and the writing of the letter, in which there is no mention, 1 Thessalonians is a kerygmatic letter, aimed to complete what is lacking in faith among the addressees about the gospel by tribulations in view of the last encounter with the Lord.

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