• Peace, Security, and Labor Pains in 1 Thessalonians 5.3

    Author(s):
    Danny Yencich (see profile)
    Date:
    2015
    Group(s):
    Biblical Studies, New Testament
    Subject(s):
    Apostle Paul, New Testament
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    1 Thessalonians, Ideology, Peace, Propaganda, Security
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M61H3R
    Abstract:
    Although much of what follows will focus on those two words in 1 Thess 5.3 -- peace and security -- the ultimate aim is to root 5.3 more firmly within the wider literary context of the letter and the social world in which 1 Thessalonians was composed and received. Following a sketch of the debate over whether 5.3 represents false prophecy or a Roman slogan, I will present the case for reading eirene and asphaleia as separate but complementary qualities that Rome proclaimed of its imperial identity, power, and rule. From this follows the conclusion that 5.3 is part of Paul's salvation narrative in which God's kingdom eclipses and destroys the unjust kingdoms of the present age, of which Rome was chief in Paul's lifetime. Lastly, I will make suggestions for how Paul's unique apocalyptic politics can enliven and enable the ministry of the church today as we, too, await in active expectation the coming of the kingdom of God.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal Article
    Journal:
    Leaven
    Volume:
    23
    Start Page:
    37
    End Page:
    42
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    4 months ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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