Basic Orientation to the Letter
Who wrote the letter?
Although described as Paul’s letter, the letter identifies three authors in its opening – Paul, Silvanus (probably Silas from Acts) and Timothy – and regularly uses the first person plural rather than singular of the author.
When was it written?
The letter is generally seen as an early – perhaps even the earliest – letter from Paul in the canon, written in the early 50s.
Introducing the First Letter to the Thessalonians – Resources
Mark Allan Powell has resources based on his Introducing the New Testament (Baker 2009)
His page on 1 Thessalonians has various resources for students and teachers including the following PDFs:
Bibledex video on 1 Thessalonians from University of Nottingham with Anthony Thiselton, Andrew Talbert and Matthew Malcolm.
Introduction from Jeffrey A.D. Weima‘s 2014 commentary on 1 & 2 Thessalonians in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series
Introduction from Gordon Fee‘s 2009 NICNT commentary on 1 & 2 Thessalonians
An excerpt from Gene L. Green‘s 2009 Pillar commentary on 1 & 2 Thessalonians
This website has a number of helpful introductory resources including
Dr Robert Stein‘s New Testament Survey series on
1 Thessalonians (12 mins)
Dr Craig Blomberg‘s Introduction the New Testament: Romans to Revelation series on
Thessalonians (44 mins)
Thessalonians Part 2 (53 mins)
Dr Bill Mounce‘s New Testament: Its Structure, Content and Theology series on
Acts 15.36-18.22 and 1 & 2 Thessalonians (1 hr 24 mins)
This has resources on 1 Thessalonians by Matt Skinner including
On the right hand side of the page are various further resources including short commentaries on key texts and 3 short videos.
This has resources relating to