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Commentary on The Second Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians

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1.3–12 : Thanksgiving and encouragement.

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Persecutions: see 1 Thess. 2.13–16 .

7–8 :

The imagery of blazing fire in connection with Jesus being revealed from heaven is related to OT statements about God coming in judgment; see Ps. 97.3; Isa. 66.15 . The association of the angels with the fire may be derived from a Jewish tradition arising from Deut. 33.2–3 (Sept.). See also the extra-biblical 2 Enoch 29.3 .

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