Epistles to the Thessalonians in Easton's Bible Dictionary
The first epistle to the Thessalonians was the first of all
Paul's epistles. It was in all probability written
where he abode a "long time" (Acts 18:11, 18), early
period of his residence there, about the end of A.D.
The occasion of its being written was the return of
from Macedonia, bearing tidings from Thessalonica
state of the church there (Acts 18:1-5; 1 Thess.
3:6). While, on
the whole, the report of Timothy was encouraging, it
that divers errors and misunderstandings regarding
the tenor of
Paul's teaching had crept in amongst them. He
addresses them in
this letter with the view of correcting these
especially for the purpose of exhorting them to
purity of life,
reminding them that their sanctification was the
desired by God regarding them.
The subscription erroneously states that this
written from Athens.
The second epistle to the Thessalonians was probably
written from Corinth, and not many months after the
The occasion of the writing of this epistle was the
tidings that the tenor of the first epistle had been
misunderstood, especially with reference to the
second advent of
Christ. The Thessalonians had embraced the idea that
taught that "the day of Christ was at hand", that
coming was just about to happen. This error is
(2:1-12), and the apostle prophetically announces
must take place. "The apostasy" was first to arise.
explanations of this expression have been given, but
is most satisfactory refers it to the Church of