[b-greek] Re: 1 Thess 5:10 - answering my own question

From: Steven Lo Vullo (doulos@merr.com)
Date: Sun Feb 03 2002 - 00:23:35 EST

On Saturday, February 2, 2002, at 10:05 PM, Moon-Ryul Jung wrote:

> I think your interpretation fits well to 5:4, which seems to be
> the point Paul was trying to make. Paul has three statements to make:
> (1) Lord will come as a thief at night. (5:2)
> (2) The unbelievers would not escape the judgement that comes a
> a thief at night. (5:3)
> (3) While Lord comes as a thief at night, the believers do not
> need to worry about it; the day would not seize them as a thief.
> (5:4)
> But you bothers are not in darkness so as for the day to seize you
> as a thief.
> 5:10, according to your interpretation, also encourages the believers
> not to worry about the sudden coming of the Lord. Emphasizing
> that BOTH the dead AND the living believers would be raised would be
> out of the context at hand, it seems.

Am I the only one, or does it seem just a little odd that the
Thessalonians, after being told that being DEAD would not prevent them
from participation in the day of the Lord (4.13-18), must additionally
be assured that simply being ASLEEP would not cause them to lose out? In
4.13, 17 Paul makes clear that simply being ALIVE and REMAINING until
the PAROUSIA assured the Thessalonians of participation (hHMEIS hOI
ZWNTES hOI PERILEIPOMENOI, used in both verses). Do they, in addition,
really need to be told that being literally asleep would not cause them
to miss the PAROUSIA? Come, now. This stretches credulity.

Steven Lo Vullo
Madison, WI

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