Paul and the Apocalyptic Triumph: An Investigation of the Usage of Jewish and Greco-Roman Imagery in 1 Thess. 4:13-18

Paul and the Apocalyptic Triumph: An Investigation of the Usage of Jewish and Greco-Roman Imagery in 1 Thess. 4:13-18

by Michael E. Peach

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Overview

1 Thessalonians 4:13–18 has long been the quintessential Pauline text on the parousia of Christ. Nowhere else does Paul reveal a more vivid picture of Christ’s coming. The apostle Paul employs a number of images to describe the parousia to the Thessalonian congregation who have become anxious, grief-stricken, and despairing in the midst of the loss of their loved ones. Until recently scholars have held that Paul’s use of imagery in 1 Thess. 4:13–18 was either inspired by Greco-Roman imperial categories or Jewish apocalyptic categories.
Michael E. Peach provides a fresh examination of imagery in 1 Thess. 4:13–18 arguing that Paul synthesizes both the Jewish and Greco-Roman imagery. With careful analysis, Peach traces the history of interpretation of Pauline eschatology finding patterns of thought concerning the source of inspiration of Paul’s use of imagery. Utilizing these patterns, the author further examines the meaning and function of four images employed by Paul: «a loud command,» «the sound of an archangel,» «the trumpet of God,» and «the meeting of the Lord.» Ultimately, Peach’s discoveries demonstrate that Paul synthesizes apocalyptic and Greco-Roman triumph imagery to create a dramatic mosaic of the apocalyptic triumph, the parousia of Jesus Christ.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433130632
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers
Publication date: 11/29/2015
Series: Apocalypticism Series: Cross-disciplinary Explorations , #1
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

About the Author

Michael E. Peach (PhD, New Testament, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary) is Adjunct Professor of New Testament Studies at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of several articles for the Lexham Bible Dictionary and the Lexham Theological Wordbook.

Table of Contents

Contents: The History of Interpretation of Pauline Eschatology – The Meaning and Function of the Theophanic, Apocalyptic, and Greco-Roman Imagery Located Outside the Context of 1 Thess. 4:13-18 43 – The Meaning and Function of the Theophanic, Apocalyptic, and Greco-Roman Imagery in 1 Thess. 4:13-18.

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