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Midterm practice essay q and a

Midterm practice essay q and a - 1 Identify the eschatology...

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1. Identify the eschatology in 2 Thessalonians. Explain why the eschatology in 2 Thessalonians has led some scholars to question whether 2 Thessalonians is authentically Pauline? Scholars question whether 2 Thessalonians is authentically Pauline because the author repeats, almost verbatim, what has just been written to the same recipients. Also, the author presents an eschatology that is very different from what was stated in letter. 2 Thessalonians says that a number of apocalyptic signs will first advertise the arrival of Parousia. This likely suggests that these mysterious events between the writer’s time and that of the Parousia will consequently place the eschaton further into the future. In 1 Thessalonians Paul says that the Parousia will occur stealthily, “like a thief in the night.” Also Paul emphasizes the proximity of the End to the writing of his letter. The eschatology in 2 Thessalonians: -reject the notion that parousia is near and insists that it is in the future -before coming of Christ certain apocalyptic signs must first take place -2 Thessalonians asks Christians to be ever alert and prepared for the Lord’s return and at the same time to remember that certain events must take place before the Second Coming can occur. The writer achieves this partly by insisting on a rational and practical approach to life during the unknown period between his writing and the Parousia. 2. What is Christology? Compare the Christ Hymn in Colossians 1:15-20 with the one found in Philippians 2:6-11. Is there a difference in the Christological representations between these two letters? If there is a difference, how do you account for it? If there is not a difference, what is your evidence? Christology is a religious doctrine or theory based on Jesus or Jesus’ teachings. The Christ Hymn in Colossians 1:15-20 is modeled on biblical and Hellenistic-Jewish concepts of divine Wisdom in which God’s chief attribute, his infinite Wisdom is the source of all creation and the means by which he communicates his purpose to humanity. Many believe that early Christian thinkers adopted these ready made wisdom traditions and applied them to Jesus. Like Philippians 2, the Colossian hymn is traditionally seen as proclaiming Jesus’ heavenly preexistence and his personal role as mediator in creation. Scholars more recently have viewed the Colossians hymn as a declaration that the same divine Presence and Power that created the Cosmos now operates in the glorified Christ. The personified Wisdom whom God employed as his agent in fashioning the universe is no fully revealed in Christ, the agent through whom God redeems his human creation.
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