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Bible Commentaries

Hampton's Commentary on Selected Books

2 Thessalonians

- 2 Thessalonians

by Gary Hampton

Introducing the Second Letter to Thessalonica

The first letter to the Thessalonians dealt with the problem of the dead in Christ. After it was received, it seems some insisted the Lord's return, as described by Paul in 1Th_4:13-18 , was imminent. They may even have claimed that they were inspired and used a letter they claimed was from Paul, which must have been forged, to back up their false teachings (2:2). It appears that his second letter was written soon after the first. Silas and Timothy are once again listed as Paul's companions and conditions in the church are very much the same. Therefore, the letter must have been written between A. D. 50 and 54.