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APOCALYPTIC DISCOURSE, PARAENESIS AND IDENTITY MAINTENANCE IN 1 THESSALONIANS

Charles A Wanamaker
Neotestamentica
Vol. 36, No. 1/2, Word, Sacrament, and Community: Festschrift for Professor J N Suggit (2002), pp. 131-145
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43049116
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Abstract

The importance of moral exhortation or paraenesis and apocalyptic language in 1 Thessalonians have been recognized for some time. Much less attention has been given to the issues of identity maintenance and the relation between paraenesis, apocalyptic language, and identity maintenance. In this paper these three themes are examined in order to show the connections between them. Against Selby (1999) who argues that 1 Thessalonians is predominately an eschatological discourse it is argued in this paper that it is better understood as an apocalyptic discourse. The paper goes on to argue that Paul has embedded his paraenesis in his apocalyptic discourse in order both to empower an oppressed group and to confirm them in their new Christian identity against the pressures of the dominant society.

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