In this post, I appeal to N.T. Wright, a prominent New Testament scholar and theologian. Regarding 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, which is often associated with the concept of the "rapture" in some Christian traditions, Wright offers a different interpretation from the popular dispensationalist understanding of the rapture.
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