This post has stuff about religion. My perspective has changed
Quick Facts about 1st and 2nd Thessalonians
- Written by the Apostle Paul
- Paul probably spent about a month preaching in Thessalonica [Gundry, R]
- Thessalonica is the capital city of Macedonia
One of the major themese is how the Thessalonians were undergoing some persecution, and probably because of that a fanatic belief was formed that Jesus’ return would be immediate. Some believers began leaving their jobs because of this belief. Paul spends a lot of time clearing this up.
Naturally, Paul talks a lot about the return of Christ and these books give a lot of information on the subject.
Gundry, R. A Survey of the New Testament, Third Edition. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1994. Page 353.