The Day of the Lord: Timing and Light

  1. Anthony C. Thiselton

Published Online: 24 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390124.ch7

1 & 2 Thessalonians: Through the Centuries

1 & 2 Thessalonians: Through the Centuries

How to Cite

Thiselton, A. C. (2010) The Day of the Lord: Timing and Light, in 1 & 2 Thessalonians: Through the Centuries, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390124.ch7

Author Information

  1. University of Nottingham, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 13 DEC 2010

Book Series:

  1. Blackwell Bible Commentaries

Book Series Editors:

  1. John Sawyer,
  2. Christopher Rowland,
  3. Judith Kovacs and
  4. David M. Gunn

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405196826

Online ISBN: 9781444390124



  • Day of the Lord - timing and light;
  • Paul, and tradition - the day of the Lord will come unexpectedly, “like a thief in the night”;
  • second part of passage (5:4–11) - speaking of Christians as “children of light”;
  • warning not to sleep - in sayings of Jesus (Mark 13:35–6);
  • Irenaeus (c. 130–c. 200) v. 3 - “When they shall say, ‘Peace and safety,’ sudden destruction shall come upon them.”;
  • The Acts of Disputation - with the Heresiarch Manes;
  • John Chrysostom, how characteristic - it is of human nature to pry into what is obscure;
  • Augustine (354–430), quoting “For you are all the children of the light, and the children of day; we are not of the night, nor of darkness”;
  • Martin Luther (1483–1546), disapproving fanatical excitement - fueled by eschatological imminence;
  • Matthew Henry, declaring - It is useless to ask about the particular time of Christ's coming


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction and Overview

  • The Patristic Era

  • The Medieval Era

  • The Reformation and Post-Reformation Eras

  • The Eighteenth Century

  • The Nineteenth Century