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The Second Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians

The fourteenth book of the NT, and a Letter similar in content to 1 Thessalonians. The focus of this Letter, however, is more on clearing up a false impression that the “day of the Lord” had already come (2Thess 2:1-2). Readers are told that other things must happen first, including the appearance of someone called the “lawless one” (2Thess 2:3).

Outline of Contents

2 Thessalonians

I. Introduction (exordium)

II. Statement of the Proposition (partitio)

III. Proof (probatio)

IV. Epilogue (peroratio)

V. Exhortation (2Thess 3:1-15)

VI. Epistolary postscript (2Thess 3:16-18)

  • Powell, Mark Allan, ed. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary. Abridged Edition. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2009.