Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Yahweh = Adonai = Κύριος = Ἰησοῦς moment in 1 Thessalonians 4:15

Here is another Yahweh = Jesus moment in 1 Thessalonians 4:15.

For we say this to you by the word of the Lord....

Paul starts this passage by saying Τοῦτο γὰρ ὑμῖν λέγομεν ἐν λόγῳ κυρίου (For we say this to you by the word of the Lord).  The explanatory γὰρ (for) is used to tie together what has just been said in verse 14 with what follows.  ἐν λόγῳ κυρίου (by the word of the Lord) is common phrase throughout the LXX.  In fact, “the word of the Lord” appears more than 50 times in the LXX and the Hebrew that stands behind the Greek translation is always “the word of Yahweh” (Fee, PC, 45).  Here, as always with Paul, the Lord is Jesus as Paul exclusively uses κύριος (Lord) to refer to Jesus throughout his letters.

Another moment will appear in verse 16.  Check back in the future for that one.

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