1 Thessalonians – Introduction to 1 Thessalonians

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

Biblical Theologians

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

Download (PDF, 1.59MB)

Introduction from Gordon Fee‘s 2009 NICNT commentary on 1 & 2 Thessalonians

Download (PDF, 887KB)

An excerpt from Gene L. Green‘s 2009 Pillar commentary on 1 & 2 Thessalonians

Download (PDF, 1.24MB)


Biblical Training Website

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)




Luther Seminary’s Enter the Bible Website

This has resources on 1 Thessalonians by Matt Skinner including




Introductory Issues

Theological Themes

On the right hand side of the page are various further resources including short commentaries on key texts and 3 short videos.

The Text This Week Website

This has resources relating to

1 Thessalonians as a whole

Specific passages from 1 Thessalonians



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