Abstract

This article discusses a misuse of the argument from silence to deny historical detail in New Testament study. It starts with a description of the argument from silence and its misuse, followed with an example to show its fallacious nature. Then it outlines two specific case studies of the misuse with respect to studies of 1 Thessalonians: the existence of Jews and a synagogue in Thessalonica, and the supposed non-Pauline interpolation of 1 Thess 2:13–16.

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