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Title: Discernment in 1 Thessalonians
Authors: Sciberras, Paul
Keywords: Discernment (Christian theology)
Bible. Thessalonians
Paul, the Apostle, Saint
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: UV/UFS
Citation: Sciberras, P. (2013). Discernment in 1 Thessalonians. Acta Theologica, Suppl (17), 172-188.
Abstract: This article analyses Paul's use of delta omicron chi iota mu alpha zeta epsilon iota nu in 1 Thessalonians 5: 21 within the context of verbs for discernment (delta omicron chi iota mu alpha zeta epsilon iota nu, pi epsilon iota rho alpha zeta epsilon iota nu, delta i alpha chi rho iota nu epsilon iota nu and their cognates). It discusses Paul's use of these verbs against the background of discernment in the Septuaginta. Paul's own understanding of discernment is then further investigated in terms of his socio- religious background and other New Testament books. It shows how he links discernment with a concrete situation and how discernment enables the human heart to realise its full potential by purifying it from all obstacles. It then discusses how the present tense of the imperative delta omicron chi iota mu alpha zeta epsilon tau epsilon in 1 Thessalonians 5: 21 points towards the ongoing nature of discerning God's will and, finally, how Paul's eschatological context in 1 Thessalonians implies that discernment also has a future dimension.
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