Sunday, February 09, 2020

Moffatt: the audience of the New Testament

Sunday, February 9, 2020
    Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you
    —1 Thessalonians 1:1 (NIV)
    The attentive reader will notice two items about the New Testament, as he comes to the end of it. For one thing, there is no book of church order, laying down a code of rules for the worship and organization of the communities: [there is] no book corresponding to the Book of Leviticus. The other thing is that the writings are all meant for communities, not for individuals: they reflect and presuppose the life of a society or fellowship. Even the private notes of Paul to Philemon and of the presbyter John to Gaius are addressed to these individuals as members of the church; and Luke’s two volumes are intended primarily—but only primarily—for the Christian education of his friend and patron Theophilus.
    ... James Moffatt (1870-1944), A New Translation of the Bible: Containing the Old and New Testaments, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1935, New York: Harper, 1935, Introduction, p. xxxv (see the book)
    See also Luke 1:1-4; Gal. 1:1-2; Eph. 1:1; Phil. 1:1; Col. 1:1-2; 1 Thess. 1:1
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have given Your word to the whole church.
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