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Theo ch 18 - As far as the other issue goes I don’t think...

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NT THEO 220-02 Ch 18 Later Pauline Letters The part of this chapter that talks about 2 Thessalonians discusses the issue of whether or not it is an official Pauline doctrine. I struggled with this as well because I can see arguments for both sides. It is odd that Paul would repeat much of what he already said in other letters. Plus, in 2 Thessalonians, it is said that there will be apocalyptic signs that will foreshadow the Second Coming while in 1 Thessalonians, it says the Parousia will occur swiftly and unannounced. I have my own theories that counterbalance these problems. First of all, Paul may have repeated himself to really get his point across. He might have also “repeated” himself if he were writing to another city. Paul never anticipated his letters being composed into one work so there is no reason he should have been careful to convey his thoughts only once.
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Unformatted text preview: As far as the other issue goes, I don’t think that something having signs is mutually exclusive from something happening unexpectedly. The signs that Paul predicts will happen were vague enough that no one can really decipher exactly what they will be, hence the Parousia will still be a surprise. My question pertains to the letter to the Ephesians under Instructions for Living in the World. In it, Paul insists on a domestic hierarchy where man is the head of the woman. But he then tells the men to honor their wives as treasured equivalents of themselves. What does Paul mean by this? Is it that only the husband should treat his wife as an equal, but everyone else, including the wife, should see her as the lesser of the two? I just found this really confusing and contradicting....
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