Author: The apostle Paul, along with Silvanus (Silas) and Timothy (1:1).
Date: The early 50s AD—perhaps Paul’s second-oldest letter.
In Ten Words or Less: Christians should work until Jesus returns.
Details: Shortly after writing 1 Thessalonians, Paul dictates a follow-up. Apparently, a letter falsely claiming to be from Paul had left the Thessalonians “shaken in mind…troubled” (2:2) at the thought that Jesus had already returned. Paul assures them that the event is still future—and urges everyone to live positive and productive lives until the second coming.
From Know Your Bible, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission.