Themes

Unlike all subsequent Pauline epistles, 1 Thessalonians does not focus on justification by faith or questions of Jewish–gentile relations, themes that were covered in all the other letters.  Because of this, some scholars see this as an indication that this letter was written before the Epistle to the Galatians, where Paul’s positions on these matters were formed and elucidated.  What do you know about justification by faith?

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