What were the Jewish and Greco-Roman views of fatherhood that informed two aspects of Paul’s relationship as "father"—hierarchy/authority and affection—towards his "children" in 1 Thessalonians? Paul had a relationship of hierarchy similar to that of the paterfamilias (head of the household) in society who assumed the responsibility for socializing his children into the community.
This is the first chapter of a commentary on 1 and 2 Thessalonians. These books were written to encourage the church in her growth, and to offer guidance around doctrinal issues facing the church, especially regarding the Second Coming. This section focuses on the authorship of 1 Thessalonians, the purpose and occasion for the letter, and a exposition of 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10.