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Epistles to the Thessalonians

(thes - uh - loh' - nee - uhnz)

General Information

The two Epistles to the Thessalonians, books of the New Testament of the Bible, are the first of Saint Paul's letters, written about AD 50 from Corinth to his recently founded community of Christians at Thessalonika. Paul reviews his stay with them, expresses concern for their welfare, and encourages them in suffering. Paul also instructs them on the Second Coming of Jesus, which he expected imminently at this early stage in his career, and reassures them that those already dead will rise and that certain signs will precede the end. Some scholars hold that 2 Thessalonians is by a later disciple of Paul.

Anthony J Saldarini

E Best, A Commentary on the First and Second Epistles to the Thessalonians (1972); G H Giblin, The Threat to Faith (1967).

Epistles to the Thessalonians

Brief Outline

First Epistle

  1. Conversion of the Thessalonians (1:1-10)
  2. The Ministry of Paul at Thessalonica (2)
  3. Paul's concern and prayer for the Church (3)
  4. Problems of the Church, moral instruction, the Lord's coming, ethical duties (4:1-5:22)
  5. Conclusion (5:23-28)

Second Epistle

  1. Comfort in persecution (1)
  2. Signs of the Day of Christ; apostasy, revelation of the man of sin, preservation of God's people (2)
  3. Spiritual counsel (3)


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