Chapter One, Lesson One
SHARING GREETINGS Page
** Before we begin looking at the text, let's introduce our study by
taking a close look at the history of Thessalonica. When do you suppose
it was founded?
(Please refer to the map in the back of your Bible - Thessalonica,
Ephesus and Corinth were the major sea ports of the area)
316 B.C. - by Cassander, king of Macedonia and the husband of
Alexander the Great's half-sister. He simply collected up a number of
villages and resettled them in his new city, which he named after his
168 B.C. - Macedonia was united into a Roman providence, with
Thessalonica as its capital.
42 B.C. - It was awarded the "Free City" status by
Rome for helping Anthony and Octavian defeat Brutus and Cassius at Philippi.
The Emperor, Augustus Caesar gave them the protection of Rome, while
letting them govern their own internal affairs. Today this city is called
** Who do you think was the author of this letter?
The apostle Paul, when you consider: 1Thessalonians 1:1, 2:18, 3:5
** Why does Scripture refer to him by two names?
Hebrew - Sha'ul (Greek: Saulos) means "asked for" or "asked
Roman - Paulos (Greek) means "little"
Both names were probably given to him at birth because his parents
were Jewish, Roman citizens. This was a common practice. (cf. Acts 13:9)
** What reason would Paul have for using his Greek name when writing
Because Jesus had called him to preach to the Gentiles who, for the
most part, did not know the Hebrew language. cf. Acts 9:15, Acts 13:46-49
** Who does Paul include in his opening greeting to the Thessalonians?
Silvanus and Timothy
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