As we have repeatedly done throughout this series, let us consider again the nature of first century letter. The second letter to the Thessalonians fits the outline below better than what we noticed in the first letter to the Thessalonians.
Structure of New Testament Letters
Knowing the form of a typical letter will help us find the key themes and key purpose for the writing of the book. The form of a first century letter had this look typically:
1. Author and rank
5. Body of letter
Let us examine Paulâ€™s letter looking for these elements to determine the overall message of the letter.
Structure of 2 Thessalonians
The second letter to the Thessalonians begins with the same authors as the first letter: â€œPaul, Silvanus, and Timothy.â€ The recipients are, of course, the same: â€œTo the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.â€ We also see the same salutation that Paul gives in all his letters: â€œGrace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.â€
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