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'Peace and security' (1 Thess 5.3): prophetic warning or political propaganda?

Weima, Jeffrey A. D.

New Testament Studies, July, 2012, Vol.58(3), p.331-359 [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    'Peace and security' (1 Thess 5.3): prophetic warning or political propaganda?
  • Autor: Weima, Jeffrey A. D.
  • Assuntos: Biblical Literature -- Criticism And Interpretation ; Peace -- Analysis ; Numismatics -- Research ; Literary Criticism
  • É parte de: New Testament Studies, July, 2012, Vol.58(3), p.331-359
  • Descrição: The phrase ‘Peace and security’ in 1 Thess 5.3 has traditionally been understood as an echo of the OT prophetic warnings (Jer 6.14; Ezek 13.10; Mic 3.5) against false claims of peace. Stronger evidence exists, however, that the apostle is making use of a popular theme of the imperial Roman propaganda machine. The Romans vigorously promoted themselves through various public media as those who provided not only ‘peace’ but also ‘security’, thereby providing a closer parallel to Paul's statement in 5.3 than any OT text. This essay reviews four kinds of evidence—numismatic, monumental, inscriptional and literary—in order to demonstrate in a decisive fashion that the phrase ‘peace and security’ involves an allusion not to prophetic warning but to Roman political propaganda.
  • Idioma: English

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