There is a passage in Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians that is so jarring some have doubted whether Paul could actually have written it. On its face it seems like an easy tool for anti-Semites to grab on to. Even Matt is having issues with these few verses. So he and Andrew and Alastair got together to talk about it, Mere Fi style.
“Thessalonica and Corinth: Social Contrasts in Pauline Christianity” by John M.G. Barclay
‘Reification’ = treating something abstract like a physical thing
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