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Die funksie van die ‘danksegging(s)’ in 1 Tessalonisense

E. Cornelius
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 49, No 1/2 | a2480 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v49i1/2.2480 | © 1993 E. Cornelius | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 January 1993 | Published: 13 January 1993

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Abstract

The function of the ‘thanksgiving(s)’ in 1 Thessalonians
The aim of this article is to determine the possible communicative function(s) of the 'thanksgiving (s)’ in 1 Thessalonians. Traditionally more than one ‘thanksgiving’ is identified in this letter (contrasting the other Pauline letters containing only one ‘thanksgiving’). Approaches like the formalist and /or ‘content’ approaches are rendered as inadequate to deal with this problem. The interactive model seems to be a more satisfactory approach to determine the function(s) of these sections in 1 Thessalonians. This approach leads to the conclusion that ‘thanksgiving’ is a misnomer for these sections in 1 Thessalonians; their function is rather to render the implied reader favourable towards the encoded author so that he/she can be receptive to his argumentation.

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