Dating 1 thessalonians
Romans 1 Corinthians · 2 Corinthians Galatians · Ephesians Philippians · Colossians 1 Thessalonians · 2 Thessalonians 1 Timothy · 2 Timothy Titus · Philemon Hebrews · James 1 Peter · 2 Peter 1 John · 2 John · 3 John Jude Most New Testament scholars believe Paul the Apostle wrote this letter from Corinth, although information appended to this work in many early manuscripts (e.g., Codices Alexandrinus, Mosquensis, and Angelicus) state that Paul wrote it in Athens after Timothy had returned from Macedonia with news of the state of the church in Thessalonica (Acts 18:1–5; 1 Thes. For the most part, the letter is personal in nature, with only the final two chapters spent addressing issues of doctrine, almost as an aside.
Paul's main purpose in writing is to encourage and reassure the Christians there.
It has been estimated that during Paul’s time its population may have been as high as 200,000.
The majority of the inhabitants were Greeks, but there was also a mixture of other ethnic groups, including Jews (according to Acts 17:1-10). Several scholars (especially those of the nineteenth century such as Lightfoot) argued that this is proof that the synagogue was thriving and kept on thriving Paul’s ministry there.
The epistle to the Thessalonians is certainly one of the most ancient Christian documents in existence. Thessalonica was the capital of the province of Macedonia and a large seaport. The idea seriously tarnishes the inclusive logic of the Christ myth, and it presupposes the logic of Mark's passion narrative which, as we shall see, runs counter to that of the Christ myth.
It is universally assented to be an authentic letter of Paul. 113): "The person who made this change was interested in directing Paul's apocalyptic preachments against those who opposed the Christian mission and did so by inserting a small unit aimed specifically at the Jews who 'killed Jesus' and 'drove us out,' for which reason 'God's wrath has overtaken them at last.' Nothing in all of Paul's letters comes close to such a pronouncement (Pearson 1971).
It is a problem that needs to be explained, not a problem to be set aside by interpolation hypotheses.
An interesting question “but wrath has come upon them to the uttermost.” [NKJV] is the most difficult statement in this passage to understand and is open to several interpretations.
(4) The use of the concept of imitation in 1 Thessalonians 2.14 is singular.
(5) The aorist (1) The tension between 1 Thessalonians 2.14-16 and Romans 9-11 goes back to Paul himself.
Presumably, most were idolaters, though it is certain that some were seeking a different kind of religious experience than polytheism could provide; hence, they attached themselves (loosely) to the local synagogue. 315 BCE Cassander, the son-in-law of Philip of Macedon (who fathered Alexander the Great) gathered and organized the area villages into a new metropolis, Thessalonica.
He gave the city its name in honor of his wife, the half-sister of Alexander. Thessalonica was made a “free city” by Anthony and Octavian, the future Augustus, as a reward for the help given in the struggle against Brutus and Cassius.