Heidegger's Bible Handbook: 2 Thessalonians: Occasion of the Epistle

1. A threefold occasion for writing the Epistle befalls Paul.



The occasion for writing this latter Epistle to the Thessalonians was supplied to Saint Paul both by the report brought concerning the afflictions of the Thessalonians; and by the παρερμηνείᾳ/misinterpretation of his words in 1 Thessalonians 4:15, in which he had written that we which are alive shall not prevent them which are asleep, whence some concluded from the sentence of the Apostle that the day of the Lord was imminent: and, finally, by the life of certain one lived with insufficient piety, evidence of which was furnished for him by others.

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