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Friday, June 22, 2007

Luke and the Thessalonian correspondence

I been studying the Thessalonian correspondence and the “affliction” and “suffering” that marked the Thessalonian experience. The Greek word θλίψει usually translated as tribulation, but sometimes as persecution or affliction,appears five times in the Thessalonian correspondence but not once in the Gospel of Luke.

The word does appear five times in Acts but first two instances are in Stephen’s last sermon. This verse represents the third instance: “Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoeni'cia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to none except Jews.”

Acts 14:21-22

When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Ico'nium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.

Acts 20:22-23

And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, bound in the Spirit, not knowing what shall befall me there; except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me.

My simple question is this: why does not this Greek word, which appears 182 times in the Septuagint and New Testament, appear in the Gospel of Luke? Is it because the Gospel of Luke was published prior to 1st and 2nd Thessalonians?

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