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The books of I and II Thessalonians which are in the New Testament are both letters to a church that Paul the apostle helped establish in the biblical city of Thessalonica First Thessalonians is agreed by biblical scholars to be written by Paul The author of II Thessalonians however is still being debated about In II Thessalonians itself and in secondary sources there is evidence to support the theories that Paul wrote II Thessalonians as well as the first letter but also that someone wrote II Thessalonians in his name First Thessalonians was written from Corinth in about 51 CE If Paul actually wrote the second letter it was written shortly after that If he did not then it is hard to decide when the book of II Thessalonians was written Since it is agreed that Paul wrote I Thessalonians the text and style of II Thessalonians can be compared to it If things such as vocabulary and style differ between the two it shows that Paul may not have written II Thessalonians An example of this is noticeable in II Thessalonians 13 and 213 The verses have the phrase we must always give thanks to God for you brothers and sisters NRSV which cannot be found in any other works by Paul and they seem to be uncharacteristic of him The phrase shaken in mind is in 22 NRSV and is another example of something that is not in any other part of Pauls writings The style of II Thessalonians seems different than Pauls usual means or writing This letter is written in a very formal way as if to people that the author may not know very well Freed 320 Paul would have known these people since he had been there and already written them a previous letter Freed mentions that the signature referred to in II Thessalonians 317 is a fake He questions what good the signature does in
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