Thessalonica was a large city in Macedonia. Macedonia included
the north part of the country that we call Greece. It included
also the south part of the country that we call Yugoslavia.
Thessalonica was an important port, and roads from several
different directions joined there. So, people could travel easily
to Thessalonica. It is still an important city today.
Paul was a great Christian teacher. He went to Thessalonica to
teach the people there about Jesus Christ. He stayed there for
only a short time, perhaps only a few weeks. Two other men,
called Silas and Timothy, went there with him. As a result of
what Paul taught them, some *Jews at Thessalonica believed
Christ. Many other people who were not *Jews also believed. But
the *Jews who refused to believe Christ caused a lot of trouble
for Paul and his friends. Paul had to leave the city at night.
Paul and his friends went to Berea, which was a city about 50
miles west from Thessalonica. (See Acts 17:1-15.)
Paul taught the people at Berea too. Then he travelled to Athens,
a city in the south of Greece. But Silas and Timothy stayed at
Berea. Paul waited at Athens for them to come to him there (Acts
17:15-16). Paul was sorry that he had not had enough time at
Thessalonica. He wanted to teach the new *believers there a lot
more about Christ. But he could not go himself (1 Thessalonians
2:17-18). So, he sent Timothy (chapter 3:1-3).
While Timothy went back to Thessalonica, Paul travelled to
Corinth (Acts 18:1). The city called Corinth was also in the
south part of Greece. After that, Silas and Timothy arrived in
Corinth (Acts 18:5). Then Timothy told Paul the news about the
Christians at Thessalonica. Paul was very happy to know that they
were continuing to believe Christ. He wrote this letter to them
Paul, together with Silas and Timothy, wrote this letter in the
year *AD 50 or *AD 51. That was about 20 years after Jesus died.
So, this letter may be the first of Paul’s letters that we
have in the Bible. Paul wrote it only a few months after he had
first taught the Christian message at Thessalonica. So, he was
writing to people who had been Christians for only a short
Paul tells them that he always thinks about them. He wants very
much to visit them again (chapters 2 and 3). Paul also teaches
them about how they should do only good, right things, to make
God happy. And in chapters 4 and 5, he teaches them about
Jesus’ return to the earth.