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The background St Paul was a Jew brought up in the Greek city of Tarsus a member of the pharisaic party educated in Jerusalem to be a rabbi so zealous for the law that he persecuted Christians relentlessly until on the road to Damascus he had an encounter with the lord Jesus was transformed completely and became the apostle to the gentiles It was only twenty years or so after the ascension of Our Lord and about 51 CE that he wrote the first letter to the Thessalonians from the city of Corinth It is the oldest Christian writing in existence today and gives us a glimpse into the very beginnings of Christianity A few months before he had crossed from Troas to Macedonia bringing the gospel from Asia to Europe From Philippi Paul went on to Thessalonica Berea Athens and then Corinth - At the council of Jerusalem it was agreed that Paul should continue his ministry among the Gentiles Acts15 - Paul begins a second tour among the Gentiles first revisiting the churches that he had already founded Acts1536 - Paul wanted to head north in Asia Minor Acts 168 - The vision of the Macedonian man Acts 169-10 - Mission of Paul and Silas in Philippi Acts 1611-40 Where he is beaten whipped put in chains and sent to prison Realising that he was a roman citizen they freed him But he had to move again The circumstances - Paul and Silas go to Thessalonica 71 - Paul goes to the synagogue and discusses scripture with the Jews Acts 172-3 He preached for three Sabbaths acts 172 people went to the synagogue three times a week at that time although he may have preached in the temple daily but he probably stayed longer with the gentiles to convert so many - First converts some Jews some pious pagans proselytes and some women of Thessalonian high society Acts 174 - Paul
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