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Commentary on 2 Thessalonians

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2.1–17 : Correction of apocalyptic enthusiasm.

The writer refutes inaccurate views about the comingof Jesus.

1–15 :

The refutation includes a statement about the delusion (vv. 1–2 ), a rebuttal of the delusion( vv. 3–12 ), and a thanksgiving prayer report revealing the difference between the fates of believers andunbelievers (vv. 13–15 ). Set against the false information, moreover, are comments about “truth” (v. 13 )and about the writer's proclamation and the traditions in which the community should stand firm( vv. 14–15 ).

2 :

False claims about the end‐time were not uncommon, as the Synoptic tradition attests (Mk13.5–6; Mt 24.4–5; Lk 21.8 ).

3 :

Though the identity of the lawless one is unknown, some identify himas a false prophet or an emperor.

4 :

Cf. Isa 14.13; Ezek 28.2; Dan 11.36 .

6–7 :

The person or thing restraining the lawless one is also debated, though perhaps the purpose for mentioning both is to showthat certain events must occur first before the day of the Lord occurs.

8 :

Breath of his mouth, cf. Job 4.9;Isa 11.4 .

9 :

On Satan, see 1 Thess 2.18n .

13–14 :

Another thanksgiving (cf. 1.3–10 ) indicates God's rolein choosing the congregation and in sanctifying them.

15 :

On standing firm, see 1 Thess 3.8n .

2.16–17 :

The wish‐prayer (cf. 1.11–12 ) introduces ideas that develop in subsequent parts of the letter, notingGod's role in strengthening the community ( 2.17; cf. 3.3 ) and a concern about “work” ( 2.17; cf. 3.8–12 ).

17 :

On hearts, see 1 Thess 3.13n.; cf. 2 Thess 3.5 .

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