81 AWAITING THE RETURN OF CHRIST: A RE-EXAMINATION OF 1 THESSALONIANS 4.13-5.11 FROM A PENTECOSTAL PERSPECTIVE Hubert Jurgensen* European Bible Seminary D-73635 Rudersberg, Germany Introduction In a recent article in this journal Steven J. Land stated: ’It is evident that there was and is a distinct apocalyptic Pentecostal spirituality, but it is equally clear that it needs some fresh attention’.’ This same con- viction prompted me, as a Pentecostal NT exegete, to turn my atten- tion anew to the question of apocalyptic in the NT and reflect on its implication for today.2 Encouragement to pursue the investigation of this subject came from two different directions: the central role of apocalyptic in primitive Christianity as reaffirmed by E. Kasemann,3 3 * Hubert Jurgensen (DTh, University of Strasburg) is NT Lecturer and Academic Dean at the European Bible Seminary in Rudersberg, Germany. 1. ’A Passion for the Kingdom’, JPT 1 (1992), p. 28. The key role of apoca- lyptic eschatology in the shaping of Pentecostalism is acknowledged by other observers or researchers. Cf. D.W. Faupel, ’The Everlasting Gospel: The Significance of Eschatology in the Development of Pentecostal Thought’ (PhD dis- sertation, University of Birmingham, 1989). 2. Cf. H. Jurgensen, ’Apocalyptic
Journal of Pentecostal Theology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1994
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