Paul's First Letter To Thessalonians Analysis

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1. Define the term pseudonymity and explain its practice among Hellenistic-Jewish and early Christian writers.

In essence, pseudonymity refers to the practice of creating an entirely new work and using the name of an author who has already passed away in doing so. This was a widespread practice amongst both Hellensitic-Jewish and the early Christian writers. Some of these books have long since been accepted into the cannon. Some of the Jewish writers known to have written several books have pseudonyms for Daniel, Noah, Enoch, David, Isaiah, among others.

2. In what specific ways concerning Jesus’ return does II Thessalonians differ from Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians? Why do some scholars think that it was written after Paul’s death?
The second letter to the church at Thessolonica has Paul giving comfort to the church to alleviate the concern and worry they had over the second coming. In the first letter, he focused more on the gathering of the church that would occur upon Jesus’ return. He approaches it from the perspective of being a glorious occasion and a time for celebration. In the second letter he writes, “Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon
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While the book itself is written in a similar style to other books known to have been written by Paul, and some of the same principles and themes are repeated in Colossians, there are some notable discrepancies that lead many to question its authorship. If Paul were to have written the book, he would not have yet actually visited the city. In addition, Paul had an extremely close relationship with Philemon, yet he was not mentioned anywhere in Colossians. There are others reasons as well, which when all combined lead to the claim that Paul did not actually write the

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