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2 Thessalonians 1:1-2

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Salutation

1:1 From Paul 1  and Silvanus and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians 2  in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1:2 Grace and peace to you 3  from God the 4  Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

1 tn Grk “Paul.” The word “from” is not in the Greek text, but has been supplied to indicate the sender of the letter.

2 map For the location of Thessalonica see JP1 C1; JP2 C1; JP3 C1; JP4 C1.

3 tn Grk “Grace to you and peace.”

4 tc ‡ Most witnesses (א A F G I 0278 Ï lat sy sa) have ἡμῶν (Jhmwn) after πατρός (patros), reading “God our Father,” in apparent emulation of Paul’s almost universal style. The omission of the pronoun (the reading of B D P 0111vid 33 1739 1881 pc) seems to be the original wording of this salutation. As well, the intrinsic evidence also supports the shorter reading: If 2 Thessalonians is authentic, it was one of Paul’s earliest letters, and, if so, his stereotyped salutation was still in embryonic form (see discussion at 1 Thess 1:1). NA27 places the word in brackets, indicating some doubts as to its authenticity.



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