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Thessalonians

(thĕs'əlō`nēənz), two letters of the New Testament. First Thessalonians was written by St. PaulPaul, Saint,
d. A.D. 64? or 67?, the apostle to the Gentiles, b. Tarsus, Asia Minor. He was a Jew. His father was a Roman citizen, probably of some means, and Paul was a tentmaker by trade. His Jewish name was Saul.
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 from Corinth, c.A.D. 51, and addressed to the newly founded church at Thessalonica (Thessaloníki). It opens with a reminiscence of the founding of the church there. The second part deals with moral behavior and the need for loving relationships among believers. Paul assures the Thessalonians that believers who have died are not be lost; they will rise from the dead when Christ returns. He stresses the suddenness of that coming and the need to be prepared. An exhortation concludes the letter. Second Thessalonians, a shorter letter, deals with similar themes as in First Thessalonians, but is more strident in tone. In an apocalyptic passage, St. Paul gives the signs that will precede the Judgment. Scholars have questioned the authorship authenticity of this apocalyptic passage.

Bibliography

See studies by F. F. Bruce (1982), C. A. Wanamaker (1990), and L. Morris (rev. ed. 1991).

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With regard to 5:12-15, Burke quite appropriately urges that Paul's hierarchical relations with the Thessalonians are not based on a patron-client relationship but rather on the common assumptions of brotherly relationships in antiquity, and that the Apostle needs to correct both brothers at odds with other brothers as well as their relationship to outsiders.
moves beyond 1 Thessalonians to study such key theological issues as "kingdom" in Paul and the relationship between justification and last judgment.
Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18; Psalm 90:1-8, (9-11), 12; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30
claiming that he is a god" (2 Thessalonians 2:4), and Jesus, too, condemns the Pharisees for questioning not in good faith, but in an effort to enhance their own position at his expense.
The best sources are the letters of Paul (1 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Romans) and Acts.
In the reading from 2 Thessalonians Paul seeks to still a mania that may have been stirred, in part, by the apocalyptic message of his first letter to this church.
Paul told the Thessalonians, "Anyone unwilling to work should not eat.
2 Thessalonians is typically considered post-Pauline by much contemporary scholarship.
2 Thessalonians, Colossians, Ephesians, and the Pastoral Epistles are pseudepigraphical, stand in the Pauline tradition, and were made necessary by developments in later times.
No wonder 1 Thessalonians 5:11 reminds us to build each other up, and Proverbs 24:3-4 reminds us, "By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled.
The book specifically examines key words like rapture, caught up, coming and resurrection; phrases like blessed hope, thief in the night and day of the Lord; and passages of Scripture like First Thessalonians, First Corinthians 15 and the book of Revelation with particular attention given to the warning messages of Jesus to the seven assemblies or churches, the Seven Seals of the Scroll, Wrath of God, Wrath of Satan, Wrath of the Lamb and others using only the bible and a concordance.
die] in order to be with Christ) and 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 (where Paul describes Christ's parousia from heaven).