Chapter 2

The author of 2 Thessalonians


According to the prescript of 2 Thessalonians (1.1), Paul wrote this letter, along with his co-workers Silvanus and Timothy. Many New Testament scholars are of the opinion that the ascription to Paul is reliable (see, e.g., Rigaux 1956:124-52; Jewett 1986:3-18; Wanamaker 1990:17-28; cf. the survey in Trilling 1987). In their view, Paul must have written 2 Thessalonians shortly after 1 Thessalonians, mainly to remove the false idea ‘that the day of the Lord has come’, an idea that had arisen ‘either by a prophetic utterance or by a word or by a letter purporting to be from us’ (2.2). Two reasons are advanced for assuming a brief interval of time between the two letters. First, in both letters Silvanus is mentioned as co-sender (1 Thess. 1.1; 2 Thess. 1.1) and, according to Acts, Silas (=Silvanus) was in Paul’s company only during the so-called second missionary journey (Acts 15.40-18.22). Secondly, there is a strong literary similarity between the two letters (it will be discussed below). That 2 Thessalonians was written after 1 Thessalonians (for a recent plea for the reverse sequence see Wanamaker 1990:37-45), is clear from 2 Thessalonians 2.15: in the reference to ‘the traditions which you have been taught by us, either by our word or by our letter’, the word ‘letter’ applies very well to 1 Thessalonians, which does not contain such a reference to earlier written correspondence. It is most improbable that ‘our letter’ here indicates 2 Thessalonians itself, because ‘our letter’ is parallel with ‘our word’, which refers to Paul’s oral preaching to the Thessalonians. If ‘our word’ is something that took place in the past, ‘our letter’ most probably also belongs to the past. Anyhow, 1 Thessalonians makes the impression of being the first


Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this page

Cited page

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
2 Thessalonians


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 172

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?