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THESSALONIANS, EPISTLES TO THE

Definition

Two letters written by St. Paul to the Christians of the city of Thessalonica. Both were written from Corinth about A.D. 51. In the first, St. Paul sets the people's minds at rest about the fate of the righteous dead. They are alive and at the Second Coming of Christ will rise in their glorified bodies. In the second letter, the Apostle admonishes the new converts to be steadfast in the faith in spite of false teachers who are trying to seduce them.