Latest JSNT includes Foster’s Critique of Pseudonymous Views of 2 Thessalonians

The Dec 2012 issue of JSNT is online and has some very interesting articles including one by Paul Foster where he calls for a re-evaluation of the scholarly tendency to treat 2 Thessalonians as pseudonymous. Essentially, Foster says, due to developments in research, the very outdated arguments for why 2 Thess was not written by Paul are no longer convincing. I think Foster is right about this, and this also applies (I would argue) to Colossians.

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5 thoughts on “Latest JSNT includes Foster’s Critique of Pseudonymous Views of 2 Thessalonians

  1. (sigh) Oh Erhman…Well, so much of this has to do with historiography and the philosophy of historical inquiry. Markus Barth explains his underpinning philosophy with regards to the authorship of Colossians: “in dubio pro reo” (in doubt, [side] with the accused). Essentially, I am “Barthian” in this regard, folks like Erhman aren’t. Still, more and more commentators are open to Paul having written Colossians (like myself), Peter having written 1 Peter (Joel Green), and James having written James (deSilva, McKnight). I think Foster’s piece is simply one more push against the wall of skepticism borne out of a kind of petrified wall of confidence in the ability to detect a forgery.

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